Son of Georgia Sheriff Indicted For Ordering a Massive School-Wide Drug Search Arrested For Drugs

The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge.

The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles.

Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this month by a grand jury in a criminal case that alleges false imprisonment, violation of oath of office and sexual battery. Students at the high school say deputies sexually violated them in the bizarre search that included a four-hour lockdown at the school.

Hobby said he sent his deputies into the school on the belief that drugs were present, but his search that day found nothing.

The search of hundreds of students, some who said deputies sexually violated them by touching their breasts and private parts, has drawn unwanted national attention to the small community east of Albany.

“It’s a raw issue,” said Tommy Coleman, attorney for the Worth County Board of Education.

Coleman said anytime there’s a development in the story it fuels community discussion. He said the arrest last week of the sheriff’s son reignited speculation.

“My sense is this was common knowledge and it didn’t really surprise anyone in the community,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the sheriff’s son, Zachary Lewis Hobby, had been a student at Worth County High School part of last year, but he wasn’t at the school at the time of the April search.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called in last week to investigate a drug case involving the sheriff’s son. The younger Hobby, age 17, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and criminal trespass for an incident that occurred in Poulan on Oct. 9, according to the GBI.

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