District Attorney: GBI will investigate former SCSO captain David Gibson case

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard has requested the GBI investigate former SCSO captain David Gibson.

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard has requested the GBI investigate former SCSO captain David Gibson.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation into allegations against David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division.

Gibson retired in lieu of termination May 21 in the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, improper use of the internet, conduct unbecoming a deputy and violation of his oath of office.

“I’ve been reviewing the information that was given to me to see if there’s a criminally-prosecutable case against David Gibson, and what I’ve determined is that I need the GBI to investigate. And so today I called Fred Wimberley with the GBI and told him I’ll be following up with a letter asking him to investigate,” Ballard said. “Before I did that thought I wanted to talk with Sheriff Beam and tell him what I was doing as a courtesy. He’s very, very supportive of this. He told me agrees 100 percent with my decision to ask the GBI to investigate.”

The original Internal Affairs investigation against Gibson was conducted by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, and that final report was turned over to Ballard in early June.

However, Ballard soon after reported to The Grip that a new allegation had been made against Gibson and was not part of the original Internal Affairs investigation.

“There is a little more investigating I think needs to be done before that decision is made. There is a very, very thorough Internal Affairs investigation that was turned over to me, but within a couple of days before it was turned over to me, a witness came forward with a new allegation that has not been investigated,” Ballard said in mid-June.

On July 28, Ballad once again declined to say if that late allegation investigated by his office was made by a current of former employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office or a civilian.

“I’m uncomfortable saying who it was made by, but I can tell you there have now been two late reports from separate individuals and both of those, I’m gonna ask the GBI to look into,” Ballard said.

The Grip then informed Ballard that a third individual – this one a civilian – had reached out to its publisher seeking help in reporting additional allegations against Gibson.

“If you’ll send me her name and contact information and I’ll include that in the request to the GBI when I send it out this afternoon,” Ballard said.

Asked to define the scope of the pending GBI investigation, Ballard said, “I’m asking that David Gibson be investigated and obviously, if in the course of investigating him, they uncover evidence of criminal activity by someone else, I want to know about it.”

Ballard said he anticipates the GBI investigation will “start right away.”

In addition to the late allegations Ballard received, he also evaluated the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs report.

“There were a couple of things that raised my eyebrows that I want to look more fully at, but that’s all I really think I ought to say now about that,” he said.

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