CRISP COUNTY, GA (WALB) - In a WALB News 10 exclusive, a Crisp County commissioner spoke out after getting arrested in a prostitution investigation at Fort Valley State University.
We caught up with Arthur James Nance Jr. after the county commission meeting Tuesday and he wants people to know that these are allegations. But he said he appreciates the support from the community.
Nance is facing solicitation of sodomy and pandering charges.
But it was business as usual for him at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
“I have an attorney and we’re going about our daily responsibilities and my attorney’s gonna handle the case,” said Nance.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took Nance to jail in October of 2018 in connection to a prostitution case at Fort Valley State University. But he said although he is facing misdemeanor charges, he said they’re just allegations.
“I grew up here,” said Nance, who is still on the board of commissioners. “And I think people in this community know me."
Nance has been on the board for several six-year terms. He said he’s served the community 25 years.
“I feel just as good as you feel in carrying out my daily responsibilities. [I] haven’t missed a meeting. [I] haven’t missed a beat,” said Nance.
Nance couldn’t talk about the pending case.
“They know my work ethic, they know my character,” said Nance.
But he said that the support from some of the people in Cordele has been unparalleled
“I applaud them for that, numerous, I received so many calls and outreach of support during this crazy time,” said Nance.
Nance said he doesn’t plan on leaving the board anytime soon.
“In life, sometimes you know we go through different things and go through different struggles but we can’t let the struggles overcome us, we have to overcome them,” said Nance.
County Administrator Tom Patton said that because Nance is still in that position and now faces misdemeanor charges, it will be up to the governor’s office to decide if he can stay on the commission.