John Albis
Photo: Chatham County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Chatham County Sheriff's Office

Georgia Air National Guard member arrested on child molestation charge

A member of the Georgia Air National Guard was arrested Wednesday in Savannah on a child molestation charge, authorities confirmed.

John Albis, 45, of the 165th Airlift Wing, was arrested by Savannah police on a charge of criminal attempt of child molestation, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Georgia Air National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Pamela Stauffer  confirmed Albis is a member of the 165th Airlift Wing to AJC.com, and she said, “These allegations go against our Air Force core values.”

She said officials are aware of the charge and an investigation is ongoing. No other details were released.

In late 2018, a former commander of the 165th Communication Flight of the 165th Airlift Wing was arrested on a child exploitation charge after allegedly trying to meet a 14-year-old at a Marietta hotel, AJC.com previously reported.

MORE: High-ranking Air Force officer faces child exploitation charge after Marietta sex sting

Lt. Col. Willie Newson, 47, was placed on leave in December pending the outcome of the investigation, Bamba said at the time. He was on the command staff of Maj. Gen. Jesse T. Simmons Jr., who is the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard.

Newson bailed himself out for $20,000, according to Cobb County Jail records.

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