Peach County, GA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Peach County is located within the Macon metropolitan area of Georgia.  Its Government seat is the city of Fort Valley.  A wide range of problems and ancillary crimes associated with prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the county, and generate complaints to police from residents and businesses.  In May 2018, allegations surfaced about a prostitution ring based at Fort Valley State University, allegedly involving a sorority, school administrators, and politicians. A graduate adviser for the Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., at Fort Valley State University, resigned after the Peach County Sheriff’s Office and school officials launched an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, including accusations that she instructed pledges to have sex for money with local politicians and businessmen to cover costly induction fees, and took scholarship money that was awarded to a student.

In October 2018, seven people (including two former employees of Fort Valley State University) were arrested and charged with various sex crimes (pandering and solicitation of sodomy) after an extended investigation into illegal conduct at the university occurring in 2017 and 2018. Four of the sex men were customers of a campus-based prostitution ring, and an additional arrest was made of a woman charged with six counts of pimping and financial crimes.  The identities of the men were publicly released, and each was charged with pandering and solicitation of sodomy. All but one of the men turned themselves in, according to Peach County Sheriff’s Office officials.  One of the men was a suspect in a prior case of child rape, having been accused of assaulting a minor at a youth facility in Taylor County. At the time, the teen, who was in foster care, was assigned to the state-contracted facility by the Division of Family and Children Services, and the suspect served as a human services professional. In November, 2019, it was announced that at least two of the six men had reached agreements with prosecutors for a pre-trial diversion as first-time offenders, which involved completing 25 hours of community service, and attending a class about the dangers of prostitution and paying a fine of between $250 and $1,000.  Prosecutors dropped charges after completion of program requirements.  No other details were reported about the location or content of the classes.

While the arrests of the sex buyers were not the result of a traditional reverse sting, there was a proactive investigation to identify and apprehend those who solicited sex, we it has been categorized as a reverse sting for the purposes of this website.

Key Partners

  • Peach County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Community Service, John School:

State Georgia
Type County
Population 27099
Location
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