Update: Bill George sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years probation

Melanie Ann Jackson contributed to this report

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

Updated June 21, 2018:

Bill George sentenced to 20 years  in jail with a total of 10 years probation. The following were sentencing for each count, to be served concurrently.

Count 1 – 19 years prison, 1 year probation

Count 2 – 20 years prison, 10 years probation

Count 3 – 19 years prison, 1 year probation

Count 4 – 20 years prison, 10 years probation
Count 5 – 12 months confinement
Count 6 – 12 months confinement
Counts 7-10 – merged into count 6

The first four also each carried a fine of $1000 each.

George is banned from the Alcovy district while on probation. He cannot work in any capacity where there are children under the age of 18 years.

Initial story

After deliberating for an hour and 40 minutes on Thursday, the jury in the case against Harold William “Bill” George came back with guilt verdicts in all of the charges against him. The six counts were two counts of child molestation, two counts of enticing a child and 6 counts of sexual battery.

Sentencing has been delayed until next Wednesday, June 20, and since a gag order had been imposed on the proceeding, attorneys were not able to comment at this time. Walton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton slapped a gag order on the proceedings in 2016 after George pleaded not guilty to all charges. At the time, Walton County Judicial Circuit Court District Attorney Layla Zon said the gag order was for the protection of both the prosecution and the defense.

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

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

George has been out on bond pending his trial. He was taken into custody immediately following the jury’s guilty verdict.

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