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Junior high teacher charged with two counts of sexual battery

A Dawson County teacher remains behind bars after being arrested Thursday for alleged sexual crimes.

James Gregory Jeffers, 49, of Dahlonega, was arrested Dec. 2 and has since been charged with two counts of felony sexual battery, according to news releases from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffers is a teacher and coach at Dawson County Junior High School. He has been employed with Dawson County Schools for 2.5 years, according to Tiffany Davis, the executive assistant for Superintendent Damon Gibbs. 

One warrant for Jeffers’ arrest alleges that between the dates of Nov. 15 and Nov. 19, 2021, he committed an act of sexual battery when he intentionally made contact with the backside of a child younger than 16 who was also a DCJH student. The offense was reported to have occurred at the junior high school.

A second warrant alleges that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, Jeffers touched the backside of another underage student on two separate occasions at the school. 

“The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with parents and school officials to further investigate and potentially identify any additional criminal acts,” stated the first DCSO release. 

Currently, Jeffers remains in the custody of the Dawson County Detention Center.

"An investigation is underway, and we are cooperating fully with Sheriff Johnson and his team,” said Superintendent Gibbs in a Friday statement. “The staff member has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. No further comments can be made concerning the personnel issue at this point."