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AG fires attorney after arrest
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George Randolph Jeffery

MONROE, Ga. — Georgia’s attorney general has fired the lawyer who handled child support cases in Newton County after his arrest on exploitation charges.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 58-year-old George Randolph Jeffery at his Monroe home on Friday morning. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said Jeffery has been served with 12 warrants charging child exploitation.

Jeffery worked as a special appointed attorney general on child support enforcement in the Alcovy Circuit, based in Covington. But Attorney General Chris Carr terminated that upon learning of Jeffery’s arrest Friday.

“Attorney General Carr opposes any and all forms of child exploitation and abuse,” spokeswoman Katie Byrd said Monday.

“We hold our Special Appointed Attorneys General to very high standards. Given the circumstances, we terminated Mr. Jeffery’s appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General immediately upon getting word of the arrest.”

Byrd said there would be no further comments from Carr’s office due to the ongoing investigation by the FBI and GBI.

The federal and state agencies, assisted by the Monroe Police Department, raided Jeffery’s home Friday morning.

Jeffery also serves as an associate probate judge in Walton County. Judge Bruce Wright said discipline for Jeffery including termination would be up to the Georgia Judicial Qualifying Commission.

“They’re sort of the police of judges,” Wright said.

Byrd wasn’t able to say how long Jeffery has worked as a SAAG due to Monday being a state holiday.

A judge in Walton County denied bond for Jeffery on Friday. He is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center.