This is not the news you want coming out two days before early voting starts.
Macon City Council candidate Gerald Harvey was arrested nearly eight years ago while living in Lake Mary, Fla., and charged with battery, attempted sexual battery and extortion, according to court records.
Harvey was acquitted of the attempted sexual battery and extortion charges in November 2000, Seminole County court officials said. In February 2001, he pleaded no contest – neither admitting guilt nor proclaiming innocence – to the misdemeanor battery charge. Harvey, 57, was sentenced to three months of unsupervised probation.
Apparently he was a substance abuse counsellor and one of those he counseled told the police Harvey offered to cover up a positive drug test in exchange for sex.
Harvey pointed out that some of the people he admires most – from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to U.S. Rep. John Lewis to former South African President Nelson Mandela – have arrests in their past. He had no control over the woman’s decision to make the accusations, he said.