This is press release from State Sen. John Douglas on Newton County school board candidate Don Gresham (Erick mentioned him the other day). Douglas is also a former member of the Newton County School Board.
State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) who is Chairman of the Newton County legislative delegation today strongly objected to the candidacy of Horace Don Gresham to the Newton County Board of Education, District 2. In 1988, Gresham was convicted of sodomy in DeKalb County involving a boy under the age of 14. In 1999, he was charged with public indecency in Newton County. In the most recent case, Gresham admitted his guilt and voluntarily completed a pretrial diversion program in lieu of prosecution.
“The situation involving Horace Don Gresham qualifying to be a candidate for the Newton County Board of Education is unacceptable and must be reversed. Gersham should immediately withdraw his name from consideration,” said Senator John Douglas, (R-Social Circle). The thought of having a person who is a convicted pedophile and who engaged in an act of indecent exposure represent any part of Georgia on a local school board boggles the mind and defies logic.
After pleading guilty to one count of sodomy, Gresham received a 12 year sentence, the first to be served in prison and the other 11 years to be served on probation.
“Gresham has shown himself to be a repeat criminal offender, putting one of things we treasure most at risk,” added Sen. Douglas. “He is unfit to hold a position of trust associated with our children.”
Looking to the future, Douglas said, “The first bill I introduce in the 2009 session of the Georgia legislature will be to prevent this from happening again. We must move quickly to prevent a recurrence of this episode and to protect the school children of our state.” The idea that a member of the local school board who is entitled to visit schools at will being a pedophile is not something we can tolerate. The Newton County legislative delegation will take the lead in January to ensure this never happens again.”