Clayton County-Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (Victor Hill) was sued by a federal grand jury for violating civil rights. It concerns the allegations first reported by Channel 2 Action News.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne (Mark Winne) It is reported that Hill was charged on April 19. On Monday, a judge approved the government’s motion to open the indictment.
Hill was taken into federal custody Tuesday morning and will appear in court this afternoon.
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The indictment alleges the abuse of a restraining chair in the Clayton County Jail, including several victims. The initials and allegations of a victim match the names and allegations of a man interviewed by Winne in June last year.
Hill faces four deprivation charges under the law. The sheriff shared the following statement regarding these allegations:
“Today, I will proceed with a politically motivated federal law case. My legal team is the only person who has the right to speak on the details of the matter. They have full confidence in the facts of the case. At the same time, in the process of this process I will continue to focus on the mission of fighting crime in Clayton County to continue to be successful.”
The accused victims are identified by their initials in the indictment, but the details of one victim match the allegations made last year.
Attorney Lee Sexton confirmed the allegations of “GH Victims” in the indictment contest in a civil lawsuit related to his client Glenn Howell.
Howell claimed that Hill was tied to a restraint chair for several hours and then locked in a suicide detention center, wearing only a paper gown.
“I worry about what I will do in my life,” Howell said in an exclusive interview with Winne in June.
Sexton said his client did some work for one of Hill’s representatives and threatened to bring a lawsuit against the representative for non-payment. The lawyer said that his client received a call from a person claiming to be Hill, advising him to abandon his agent’s debt recourse.
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Howell said that until later, even after the FaceTime call, he did not believe that this was indeed the sheriff.
He said they exchanged text messages, and the next day he learned that heavily armed Clayton County fugitive investigators had visited at least two houses in Butts County and arrested him for understatement of sexual harassment.
“I worry about my life. I don’t know which way to go,” Howell said.
Hill’s lawyer denied these allegations.
Defense attorney Drew Findling said: “Victor Hill has done nothing wrong to anyone.”