Crime & Safety

GBI Arrests High School Teacher in Sexual Battery Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said this week that agents arrested a high school teacher following allegations of sexual battery.

GBI agents arrested 69-year-old James Steel of Leesburg, GA this week. Steel was also a teacher at Harris County High School. The state agency got involved after the Hamilton Police Department asked the GBI to investigate allegations that Steel had inappropriate contact with multiple students. That investigation launched on May 9 and a grand jury indicted steel on November 14.

He was booked at the Harris County Jail on one count of sexal battery of a person under 16 years of age.

The GBI says the investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Columbus Field Office at 706-565-7888. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections 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 and a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast.' Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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