A Dawson County teacher has now been charged with child molestation after being arrested earlier this month for allegedly committing sexual battery.
James Gregory Jeffers, 49, of Dahlonega, was charged with one count of child molestation on Dec. 10, according to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on Dec. 2 for one count of sexual battery before being charged with a second count of that offense on Dec. 3.
All three charges are felonies. He remains behind bars at the Dawson County Detention Center.
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 on 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. 15 and Nov. 19, Jeffers touched the backside of another underage student on two separate occasions at the school. Dates on both of the sexual battery warrants have been updated to reflect current information.
The child molestation warrant alleges that during the same week, he showed a cell phone picture of his genitals to an underage student.
"An investigation is underway, and we are cooperating fully with Sheriff Johnson and his team,” said Superintendent Gibbs on Dec. 3. “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."
DCN will provide updates on this case as more information becomes available.