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Sheriff Who Ordered Aggressive Pat Downs of Students in Pointless Drug Raid Indicted for Sexual Battery

900 searched, no drugs found

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The Georgia sheriff who authorized intrusive pat downs for hundreds of students at Worth County High School earlier this year was indicted for sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violating his oath of office.

Authorities will issue a warrant for Jeff Hobby's arrest later this week, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Two deputies were also indicted. It is alleged that they groped male and female students, touching them inappropriately during the completely pointless search. No drugs were found on any of the 900 boys and girls subjected to the pat downs.

Reason's Brian Doherty wrote up the details of the students' lawsuit:

According to the suit's account of events, all the students "were confined either to their first-period classrooms, to the hallways immediately outside their classrooms, or to the gym" and their "cell phones were seized so that they could not reach their parents….During the lockdown and mass search, Defendants restricted students' access to restrooms. Some students were not permitted to go to the restroom for the entire four-hour lockdown period."

The suit claims that the deputies "inserted fingers inside girls' bras, and pulled up girls' bras, touching and partially exposing their bare breasts," "touched girls' underwear by placing hands inside the waistbands of their pants or reaching up their dresses," "touched girls' vaginal areas through their underwear," and "cupped or groped boys' genitals and touched their buttocks through their pants."

The suit alleges that a female deputy, Brandi Whiddon, searched a 16-year-old plaintiff—known in the suit as K.A.—by taking "one of K.A.'s arms, plac[ing] it higher up on the wall, and kick[ing] her legs to open them wider. Whiddon pulled the front of K.A.'s bra away from her body by the underwire and flipped it up. Whiddon also looked down the back and front of K.A.'s dress. Whiddon slid her hands from one of K.A.'s ankles up to her pelvic area. Whiddon's hands went underneath K.A.'s dress as Whiddon felt up K.A.'s leg. Whiddon's hands stopped on and cupped K.A.'s vaginal area and buttocks. Whiddon then slid her hands down to the other ankle. Whiddon was wearing gloves, but did not change them before or after her search of K.A."

Another plaintiff, known by the initials J.E., told The Washington Post that during the search a male officer lined students up against a wall and "came up under my privates and then he grabbed my testicles twice….I wanted to turn around and tell him to stop touching me. I wanted it to be over and I just wanted to call my dad because I knew something wasn't right."

As Doherty noted, the school district did not join the lawsuit, but school officials agree with the students' version of events. The district superintendent has claimed that the searches were performed despite the school's objections.

Routine disrespect for students' privacy and due process rights is a major problem in the K-12 education system. A conviction in this case could send a message that young people cannot be abused by law enforcement officers merely because they set foot inside a school.

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24 responses to “Sheriff Who Ordered Aggressive Pat Downs of Students in Pointless Drug Raid Indicted for Sexual Battery

  1. A conviction in this case could send a message that young people cannot be abused by law enforcement officers merely because they set foot inside a school.

    It ain’t so hot outside a school, either.

    1. Hopefully the jury is made up of 12 parents from the school district.

  2. Bet money there are no convictions.

    Nice to see some citizens see what the Sheriff’s Dept did was wrong. On that note, grand juries are so inclined to indict, that even ham sandwiches are worried.

    1. Grand juries can indict a ham sandwich, but not a pig.

    2. Are you kidding? Cops mess with a few minorities or low life criminal types, and the majority looks the other way.
      Mess with the majority’s kids, and those guys (and girl) are going to jail for a long time.

    3. Well if the grand jury indicted it’s because the DA wanted an indictment. The question is does he want a conviction, or is he looking forward to his next election. My guess is reduced charges and acquittal in a bench trial. And both sherrif and DA are re-elected and someday able to enjoy their sweet, sweet pensions.

  3. Good. I hope Sheriff Hobby enjoys spending the rest of his life on a registry.

    1. Won’t have to worry about that if we drop him in GenPop with “COP” branded on his forehead and tits tattooed on his back. Let the other prisoners take out the trash.

  4. Also, Aggressive Pat would be a good name for a Celtic punk band.

    1. And was sure to be someone’s nickname in college

    2. I knew a “Pat the Ripper” in college. The story behind it was pretty foul and totally unbelievable.

      1. I knew a “Ladykiller Pat” in college. He was called that because when he sat down at a table any ladies who were there got up and left.

  5. Isn’t the fact that they searched 900 students and didnt find a single joint proof that they weren’t looking for drugs?

    1. No. It’s proof that “The System worked!”

    2. Nope. It just shows that all 900 of those sneaky drug using high schoolers managed to get rid of all the joints under the eyes of the cops. Because the cops were using their hands, not their eyes.

    3. Sounds like 900 criminal counts, maybe 1800 years in jail to divvy up 3 ways.

  6. Hey! Sheriffs! Leave those kids alone!

  7. Those kids should be grateful they don’t live in South Africa.

  8. And the reason they could not get 900 warrants in 4 hours was – – – – – ?

    Georgia judges are know for how fast they can issues warrants.

  9. MOAR

  10. Tell your kids: cops are cops because they like the ability to get away with a) shooting people, b) molesting your kid, and c) getting very fat, because who needs to run when you have a gun?

    How many cops become cops so that they can sexually assault adolescents? How many snails get shells?

  11. ‘A conviction in this case could send a message that young people cannot be abused by law enforcement officers merely because they set foot inside a school.”

    Which is why were will be no conviction.

    1. There’s always Rule 308, and this is Georgia.

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