Sixty-five of the charges are felonies. The only misdemeanor involves Witts allegedly using 2015 campaign money to pay for a subscription to a pornography website.
Witts turned himself in to the Gwinnett County jail on Sept. 14 and was released on a $20,000 signature bond.
Witts was already facing a possible suspension from Gov. Nathan Deal, who went public last week with plans to assemble a three-member panel to review the criminal case against the mayor. Such panels investigate cases against elected officials and make recommendations to the governor about whether suspensions from office are warranted.
Snellville Mayor Tom Witts is accused of using campaign funds to purchase a Caribbean cruise, airline tickets and a six-month subscription to porn sites.
The same section of Georgia law that enables Deal to appoint those panels allows Witts to voluntarily suspend himself from office instead, Powell said.
Witts was a Snellville city councilman from 2009 until 2015, when he resigned to make his run for mayor. He and his attorney, Patrick McDonough, have said little about the investigation and indictment.
The day Witts turned himself in, the city of Snellville issued a statement that both praised the mayor's work and said it had cooperated with Porter's investigation.
Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender, who will assume Witts’ duties in his absence, struck a similar chord Monday night when reading a statement attributed to the entire City Council. She praised Witts’ “hard work and dedication” and said she hoped the mayor would “be able to resolve his issues quickly.”
“I know this council is up to the tasks ahead of us,” Bender said. “We just want to assure the city of Snellvlle that this City Council pledges to continue to serve you to the best of our abilities.”