Friday, May 2, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two women have accused Magistrate Judge Doug Nelson of sexual assault during his time as a Guardian Ad Litem in 2011, according to police reports.
A Guardian Ad Litem is a court-appointed person who would defend a child's best interest during a divorce case.
One woman said he "used his knees to caress her legs, ran his hands up and down her hands, arms, back and buttocks without her permission," the Richmond County report said.
The same woman also told an officer that he said "You take care of me and I'll take care of you" multiple times. She reported the January 2011 incidents on April 21.
She told the officer she had not come forward before because she was afraid.
Another woman came forward in Columbia County reporting to officers that Nelson grabbed her arm, pulled her close and made her feel uncomfortable in May 2011.
Criminal charges will not be pursued in the Columbia or Richmond County case because the statute of limitations has been exceeded, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.
Nelson is not a practicing attorney and resigned Thursday as a Columbia County magistrate judge on May 1. Judge Doug Nelson has no relation or connection to the offices of Douglas M. Nelson, Attorney at Law in Richmond County.
No complaints are on file from Magistrate Court regarding Nelson, Chief Magistrate Judge Jason R. Troiano's office said.
"After a preliminary review of recent reports and discussion with Magistrate Doug Nelson, he has elected to resign him position as Magistrate Judge effective immediately," Troiano said in a release. "While it is inappropriate to comment on the matter, I take the allegations very seriously. The integrity of Columbia County Magistrate Court and the Judicial process are of utmost concern."
News 12 initially was informed criminal charges against Doug Nelson were possible in Richmond County, however we have since been notified the Statute of Limitations has expired in Richmond County.