Crimes against women/children the focus of new prosecution unit

Special to The Times

Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo announced today the launch of a new prosecution unit to specialize in crimes against women and children.

The new unit will prosecute serious domestic violence cases, along with aggravated child molestation and child cruelty cases.

“These types of cases require specialized knowledge and skills, particularly working with child victims of sex crimes,” Pattillo said. “This will allow us to have a dedicated, experienced team to work exclusively on these types of cases to ensure justice is served.”

The unit will be led by new Assistant District Attorney Jodi Spiegel, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an attorney. She previously served as deputy director of the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children. She also previously worked for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office in north Georgia.

Investigator Gregory Patterson also joins the unit. He has 22 years of law enforcement experience, including nine years handling crimes against children cases for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. A victim advocate trained to counsel children will also be part of the new unit.

“We have heard concerns from the community about how child abuse cases were previously handled. My administration promised to address this,” Pattillo said. “That is why it is so important to me that we bring this new initiative. We want the community to know that we hear their concerns and are bringing the best resources to Henry County.”