MONROE, Ga. — Local attorney George Randolph “Randy” Jeffery, already facing state charges of child exploitation, now faces federal charges that could lead to a lifetime in prison.
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Tuesday charging Jeffery with attempted online enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography.
Conviction on the attempted enticement charge carries a prison term of 10 years to life with a $250,000 fine and a maximum of life supervised release.
The pornography charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence, a $250,000 fine and a maximum of life on supervised release.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Jeffery, 58, on Friday morning. FBI and GBI agents, assisted by the Monroe Police Department, swarmed his home.
Jeffery was served with 12 arrest warrants charging sexual exploitation of a child.
Jeffery served as a special appointed attorney general, prosecuting child support cases in the Alcovy Circuit. He was based in Covington. Attorney General Chris Carr terminated the appointment Friday.
Jeffery also has served as an associate probate judge in Walton County, handling occasional estate cases. The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission would decide if Jeffery is to be removed from the bench.
Monroe attorneys Jeffrey Foster and Robbie Ballard are representing Jeffery. Monday night, before the grand jury handed down its indictments, Ballard said Jeffery intends to plead not guilty but declined further comment.
A judge denied bond in Jeffery’s first court appearance. He is being housed in the Barrow County Detention Center.