$3 million settlement reached over drug search at high school
ATLANTA | A legal advocacy group says a proposed $3 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against a suspended Georgia sheriff who also faces criminal charges over a drug search at a high school.
The Southern Center for Human Rights in June filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and more than a dozen deputies.
A grand jury last month indicted Sheriff Hobby and two deputies on charges related to the April search at Worth County High School. They are accused of sexually assaulting several students during a search for drugs.
According to the lawsuit, Sheriff Hobby ordered his deputies to put the school on lockdown, gather about 900 students in the gym and have them
stand spread-eagle for a pat-down search. The deputies groped students’ breasts and genitals during the search.