Hobby Remains in Ben Hill County Jail

Story By Cale Colby

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby was back in court on Friday, June 22, 2018 for an apparent arraignment hearing. The purpose of the hearing was to formally charge the sheriff with eavesdropping after allegedly placing an unauthorized recording device in the Worth County Jail. Judge Bill Reinhardt informed Hobby that he was charged with one count of violation of oath of office and 89 additional charges of invasion of privacy. The Worth Sheriff pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Additionally, the sheriff’s attorney, Rob Walker, filed a motion on Friday to reconsider the sheriff’s bond. Hobby has been in jail since his arrest in March, and after Friday’s hearing, he remains in the Ben Hill County Jail after being transferred from Lowndes County. Beyond the charges discussed on Friday morning, the Worth Sheriff still faces charges related to the search of Worth County High School in April of 2017 as well as obstruction charges from December last year after he allegedly instructed his deputies to not speak about the ongoing investigation of the WCHS search.