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Cobb Co. Police Take Out Arrest Warrants for Bleckley County Sheriff

Pictured is Bleckley County Sheriff Coody who had arrests warrants sought for him Wednesday by Cobb County police.

The Cobb County Police Department took out arrest warrants Wednesday evening for Bleckley County Sheriff Kris Coody.

The agency said the warrants pertain to allegations of Sexual Battery which reportedly happened in January 2022. At the time, Coody was in Atlanta for the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Winter Training Conference.

Under GA Code § 16-6-22.1 (2020), Sexual Battery is defined as a criminal act when a person “intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.” The law defines ‘intimate parts’ as “the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female.”

Sexual Battery is a misdemeanor in Georgia, unless the person is under the age of 16. Police have not indicated the investigation into Coody involves a minor.

Cobb Police declined to offer substantial details other than the investigation remains “active.” The agency also said no interviews would be provided to the media nor would any questions be answered.

57-year-old Coody had not been booked in the jail as of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Bleckley County is approximately 30 minutes south of Macon.

Map of Georgia with Bleckley County highlighted.

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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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