Georgia’s Fulton County Sheriff Arrested For Human Trafficking

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has announced the indictment of Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Lofton on one count of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude after Lofton allegedly solicited a 17-year-old female for sex in October 2022.

“Those who wear the uniform are entrusted to protect and defend their fellow citizens, and when that trust is broken, it is difficult to restore,” said Carr. “This indictment is part of a larger investigation conducted by our state and federal partners, and we will keep working with them to ensure all buyers are held accountable. We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat as we continue our efforts to protect Georgia’s children from human trafficking.”

The indictment is a result of a joint human trafficking investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“It is of utmost importance that officers who violate their oath to protect and serve be held accountable for their actions,” said GBI Director Mike Register. “Our HEAT Unit is committed to making Georgia a safer place to live.”

“As a law enforcement officer, this defendant betrayed the public trust placed in him by preying on people rather than protecting them, as he was sworn to do,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Travis Pickard, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama. “HSI is committed to holding those who seek to victimize others fully accountable, regardless of the position they may hold.”

D & B Staff

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