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Former McDuffie official free on bond after arrest

A man who once ran day-to-day operations of government in McDuffie County is facing criminal charges of sexual exploitation of children and criminal attempted child molestation in Whitfield County.

David Lamar Hamill, 58, of the 100 block of Crabtree Drive, was taken into custody on Wednesday, Oct. 8, according to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Hamill since has been released on $10,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Mr. Hamill had served as administrator of the North Georgia Health District for a little more than five years. Susan Brewster, personnel manager with the North Georgia Health District said Monday that he is no longer affiliated with the health district. He began serving as administrator of the health district on May 1, 2003. His last day on the job there was Oct. 15, 2008, according to Ms. Brewster.

Repeated attempts to contact Mr. Hamill's since last Friday have been unsuccessful, and a recording indicated that his Tunnel Hill home phone had been disconnected.

He was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities working with the Innocent Images Task Force. The unit is made up of lawmen with the Dalton Police Department, Whitfield County Sheriff's Department, Catoosa County Sheriff's Department and Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.

The task force was established earlier this year to investigate sexual crimes against children. At last count, members of the task force had made more than a half dozen arrests, according to an Oct. 9 Dalton Daily Citizen.

Detective Lt. Nancy Chadwick of the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department referred phone calls concerning the case to the FBI field office in Dalton. Attempts to contact FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman were not successful Monday. And the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department would not release the incident report without a written request. The report was not available by The Mirror's press time this week.

Mr. Hamill served as manager of McDuffie County for a little more than two years. He resigned his position with the county amid allegations of financial impropriety, according to a Feb. 26, 2003, article in The Columbia County News-Times. He submitted a letter of resignation with the county on Feb. 24, 2003.

Web posted on Thursday, November 27, 2008

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