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Former local attorney arrested in Alabama on charges of human trafficking

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Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:51 AM EDT
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Thursday, June 09, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRDW/WAGT) – A former Augusta attorney has been arrested in Alabama on charges of human trafficking.

Edward Ray “Chip” Dillard, 51, now an attorney in Alabama was arrested on seven counts of human trafficking in the second degree, four counts of conspiracy to commit human trafficking in the second-degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second-degree, two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of intimidating a witness.

He was arrested along with a Florence, Ala. man, Timothy Wylie Staggs, 83, who is facing charges on five counts of human trafficking in the second-degree and four counts of conspiracy to commit human trafficking.

According to the Alabama Attoney General’s office, Dillard and Staggs “are accused of using various methods to take advantage of young female victims in the Lauderdale County area.”

If convicted, both could face up to 20 years for each count of human trafficking, up to 10 years for each count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, up to 10 years for making a terroristic threat, up to 10 years for sexual abuse in the second degree, and up to 10 years for intimidating a witness.

Despite now practicing law in Alabama, Dillard is still listed as “active” in the State Bar of Georgia.