Lee County’s zoning administrator was indicted by a grand jury and arrested Tuesday on charges that he molested a child. He remained in the Lee County Jail without bond Tuesday night.
County officials suspended Wilcox, 39, six weeks ago when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation notified them of the case. Wilcox’s work computer was seized.
Authorities said the victim is under 16 years old and that the investigation is not related to Wilcox’s job. Wilcox remains on suspension, Lee officials said.
Authorities say that the alleged crime occurred between June and September 2010. The indictment says that Wilcox committed an indecent act with a child with the intent to arouse or satisfy himself.
Wilcox sustained criticism from the public and his bosses last year, during the same time period that his alleged crime occurred, for his handling of complaints of a sign ordinance violation on a public right of way.
“If you can articulate how these political signs or any other subject matter is harming you please do so in writing with a detailed complaint so that Lee County respond properly and in a timely manner; however, given my work load I may need at least 45 days to resolve non-essential complaints,” Wilcox said in an e-mail to local Libertarian and political blogger Tim Nelson.
In reply to Wilcox, who through the e-mail admitted to Nelson that he was refusing to do his job, Nelson wrote: “Plainly put, you are affecting the outcome of an election, which takes place July 20. If I need to file suit against the county I will, but your failure to use EVERY asset to ensure a fair election shows bias in the election for those who follow the rule … I urge you to do the right thing. Putting me off until after the election is not a good move.”
From there, Wilcox’s bosses stepped in and made sure that the illegal signs were removed.