A Clarke County grand jury recently filed a new indictment against a former Athens-Clarke County police officer who allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile.
The case against Kristin Matthew “Kris” Ward was initially indicted in 2015. The new indictment was filed after Western Judicial Circuit Ken Mauldin recused himself from the case due to an undisclosed conflict.
The case was transferred to Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brad Smith for prosecution.
In the latest indictment, grand jurors voted to charge Ward with child molestation, criminal attempt to commit child molestation and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.
His arraignment on the new indictment is scheduled for March 6 in Clarke County Superior Court.