Crisp Co. commissioner, Lee Co. teacher charged in prostitution investigation

Crisp Co. commissioner, Lee Co. teacher charged in prostitution investigation
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(WALB) - A Crisp County Commissioner and an Albany resident are facing charges in connection to a prostitution investigation at Fort Valley State University.

Arthur James Nance Jr. is a suspect in connection to the investigation, according to Crisp County Administrator Tom Patton.

Arthur James Nance (Source: Peach County Sheriff's Office)
Arthur James Nance (Source: Peach County Sheriff's Office)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Nance Monday night, according to booking reports.

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Nance was arrested on solicitation of sodomy and pandering charges, according to reports.

The charges stem from an investigation into illegal conduct related to Fort Valley State University, officials said.

Patton told WALB because Nance is still in that position and now faces the misdemeanor charges, it will be up to the Governor’s office to decide if he can stay on the commission.

Nance posted a $3,500 bond and was released from jail.

Nance has served several six year terms on the Crisp County commission.

Ryan Jenkins, of Albany, also was among those arrested in the investigation.

Ryan Jenkins (Source: Peach County Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Jenkins (Source: Peach County Sheriff's Office)

Jenkins, 31, was charged with solicitation of sodomy and pandering.

Jenkins was arrested Tuesday, according to booking reports.

Jenkins is currently a 9th grade teacher in the Lee County School system, according to Kevin Dowling, assistant superintendent over personnel and student services.

Dowling sent WALB the following statement in regards to Jenkins' arrest:

We are aware of a legal matter involving a teacher at Lee County High School, 9th Grade Campus. As with any issue, we will investigate the matter thoroughly, and will respond appropriately.  

Dowling added that when anything like this happens, such as an arrest of a teacher, the school system does an independent investigation and responds appropriately.

Dowling said the school district will address any parent concerns directly.

If there are concerns from parents, Dowling said, he hopes and expects that parents would trust that “we will investigate any matter and that we will investigate appropriately.”

Dowling said “safety of our students” is the district’s No. 1 priority.

A total of seven people were arrested in the investigation, including the former executive assistant to the president at Fort Valley State.

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