“Hobby resigned immediately from his position as Worth County Sheriff,” District Attorney Paul Bowden wrote in a press release Wednesday. “He also surrendered his POST certification, which is the certification required for any law enforcement officer in the State of Georgia.”
Hobby is also prevented from seeking any elected position while he is on probation.
Judge Bill Reinhardt, who presided over the case, chose not to sentence Hobby as a first offender for the indictment related to interfering with the GBI investigation.
However, Reinhardt sentenced Hobby as a first offender in two other indictments, including one related to the illegal search at Worth County High School. A $3 million settlement had already been reached in that case in federal court and was paid by an insurance policy the county held.
"The District Attorney's Office recognizes the toll the actions of Hobby and his subsequent prosecution have taken on all those involved," Bowden said in a press release. "However, it is incumbent for our judicial system to hold all persons, including law enforcement, to the same standard. The District Attorney's Office is hopeful the resolution of this case will allow the victims, the Worth County Sheriff's Department, and the community to begin the much-needed healing process."