Judge to decide on whether to grant new trial for convicted child molester

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Bill George. Photo courtesy of Walton County Sheriff’s Office

Update

Although William “Bill” George, the former Walton County educator who is serving time for child molestation and sexual battery, did not appear in court Wednesday, Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton will decide on whether or not to grant him a new trail.

According to Eric Crawford, George’s attorney, briefs were filed by the parties involved and Benton will issue an order on the motion at some time in the future. George was on the calendar for a hearing Wednesday, but Crawford said the briefs were filed with the judge instead and George did not appear.

Initial Story

The attorneys for Harold William ‘Bill’ George have filed a motion for a new trial for their client. It is scheduled to be heard June 19, 2019, by Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton.

George was convicted on June 14, 2018, on 10 counts related to child molestation, sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was sentenced the following week to serve 20 years in jail with a total of 10 years probation. In addition, George is banned from the Alcovy district while he is on probation and he cannot work in any capacity where there are children under the age of 18 years.

The motion for a new trial was filed by Eric Crawford of Crawford and Boyle LLC back in March 2019. Crawford said the motion is based on the contention that the prosecution violated the Rape Shield law and erred in denying the pre-trial motions.

According to Crawford’s brief, the court should have granted George’s motion for a mistrial due to the prosecution’s misconduct by violating Georgia’s Rape Shield Statute. In addition, the brief contends that the court erred in not granting the pre-trial motion to suppress evidence that Crawford claims was obtained through illegal methods.

George was initially arrested on Sept. 18, 2015 on charges of alleged sexual molestation and again on June 16 of 2016 following a grand jury indictment. He was released on $20,000 bond in each case.

At the time of his arrest in 2015, George was no longer employed with Walton County Public Schools. But prior to that, he had held key administrative positions at several schools over the years. He was the youth director of Orchard Church in Loganville at the time of his arrest, but he immediately resigned from his position with the church following his arrest.

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