Former Walton County judge, lawyer gets 15 years in prison for enticing child

George Randolph “Randy” Jeffery
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George Randolph “Randy” Jeffery

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A former Walton County part-time judge, lawyer and ex-special assistant attorney general (SAAG) was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to enticing a child.

George Randolph “Randy” Jeffery, 59, of Monroe, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

Attorney General Chris Carr previously said that Jeffery had been appointed to serve as a SAAG, representing the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services in Walton and Newton counties. After he was arrested, he was fired.

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In October 2018, the FBI received a tip from the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation that a juvenile female possibly engaged in an online sexual relationship with Jeffery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Between February 2018 and August 2018, Jeffery communicated with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, investigators found.

In the messages, they discussed various sexual acts in detail, talked about that she had been molested by her father and exchanged several nude photographs. The photos sent back and forth included other photos of minors.

Jeffery would communicate with the victim from the child support office located behind the Division of Family and Children Services building in Covington, where he would work often while serving as a SAAG, the release said. He also contacted her while he was at church.

Unknown to him, Jeffery was actually contacting the girl’s father, who was simultaneously molesting his daughter and posing as her online, the release said. He was the person sending the pornographic photos to Jeffery.

It’s unclear if the victim’s father, whose name was not released, was arrested or prosecuted as a result of this investigation.

When agents executed a search warrant at Jeffery’s house, they recovered multiple electronic devices with numerous photos and videos of child pornography, the release said. He was arrested in November 2018 on 12 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

On Sept. 10, Jeffery pleaded guilty to a count of attempted online enticement of a minor. When he completes his prison sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender, Judge C. Ashley Royal ordered in court.

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Channel 2's Mark Winne reports.

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