County Commissioner accused of fondling underage girl

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BUTLER, GA (WTVM) -- A Taylor County Commissioner is facing child molestation charges.

Jerry Albritton has served on the Taylor County Board of Commissioners since 2001 and for the past seven months, the 60-year-old farmer has been at the center of a GBI investigation.

The Butler Police Chief Michael Peacock tells WTVM he was contacted by the victim's mother back in June. She said Albritton fondled her teenage daughter.

The GBI was called in and after months of investigating, Albritton was arrested in downtown Butler Wednesday night and charged with three counts of child molestation.

Albritton is now out of jail on $30,000 bond. We stopped by his house in Butler to get his side of the story Friday but no one was home.

Albritton has, however, been in touch with some of his fellow commissioners.

"I called him and just offered my support because he is my friend and colleague and I want to be there to support him," said Vice Chairwoman Patty James Bentley.

"We're like family here on the board of commissioners. We work well together. Commissioner Albritton has been very supportive of all of the projects and all the different things that have gone on in Taylor County. He's just really concerned about the future of Taylor County. That's why he decided to run for office. He just wanted to be a part of the progress of Taylor County. He has done an excellent job serving as a commissioner on our board," she added.

GBI agents are not revealing who Albritton is accused of molesting but say the victim was a female under the age of 16 who is "known to the perpetrator."

His attorney, Richard Hagler, says his client "absolutely maintains his innocence in this case" and believes all of the allegations will be found to be untrue.

Bentley says the board will continue their work in the community with Albritton who is an active, current member.