Lorenda Williamson

A 53-year-old mental health counselor has lost her job at the Youth Development Center in Milledgeville after being arrested and accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager, local and state authorities say.

Glenn Allen, communications director of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), identified the woman as Lorenda Denise Williamson, of Gray.

Williamson was taken into custody at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authority, according to records filed at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. After her arrest, she was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center where she was jailed.

Allen said the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice relinquished the arrest to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshal’s Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Allen told The Union-Recorder by phone earlier this week that Williamson, who had worked as a mental health counselor at the Milledgeville campus of RYDC, no longer works for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She was terminated, he said.

Williamson was employed with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice from Oct. 16, 2019, until May 10, 2021, Allen said.

Arrest warrants were issued earlier this month for Williamson.

The charges against the suspect stem from reported sexual encounters that involved an 18-year-old who was being housed at the state facility in Milledgeville, Allen said.

The agency spokesman said such crimes reportedly happened four different times.

“An internal investigation by DJJ alleges that on four separate occasions, beginning in January 2021, Williamson had sexual contact with an 18-year-old male housed at the Milledgeville YDC,” Allen said in a press release.

Allen said the case has since been sent to the office of Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale III for review. The district attorney would then decide whether or not to present the case to a Baldwin County grand jury for consideration of possible criminal indictments against the suspect.

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