Jimmy J. George

The 77-year-old property owner of an equine therapy center located off Ga. Highway 157 on Lookout Mountain in Walker County has been charged with sexual exploitation of a disabled person.

Jimmy J. George, of Rock Bluff Road in Rising Fawn, was involved in a sexual relationship between May 2015 and Oct. 2016 with a now 21-years-old man with a developmental disability, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Once the victim confessed to his parents of the sexual relationship with George, a month-long investigation culminated with George surrendering to law enforcement on Monday, Jan. 2.

The victim lived with his parents, who had been familiar with George for a number of years, Wilson said.

George's role at the horse therapy farm is not clear, but he does own the property, the sheriff said.

After appearing before a magistrate, the accused was released from jail on a $1,000 bond until he goes to Walker County Superior Court at a later date, where he faces the charge of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults/elder persons/residents.

Wilson said that given the victim's developmental disability, he was mentally unable to give consent. The age for consent is 16 in Georgia, unless the person(s) is not deemed mentally capable of giving consent.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.