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CEO of non-profit organization accused of soliciting women on probation for sex

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The president and CEO of a non-profit organization was arrested for allegedly soliciting sexual favors in exchange for helping women on probation in Gwinnett County, officials said Friday.

Darrell Ellison was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony crime and two counts of false statements, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Ellison was transported without incident to the Gwinnett County jail and has since been released on bond, the sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said.

Investigators said Ellison propositioned female probationers to receive sexual favors in exchange for documentation of their required community service hours. It's unclear how many women may have been involved.

The sheriff's office became involved after a supervisor at Southeast Corrections notified deputies that one of the probationers had filed a complaint that Jails to Nails President and CEO Ellison allegedly offered to exchange sexual favors for documentation of her required community service hours.

The Jails to Nails program was established to provide key social, training and occupational skills to non-violent ex-offenders in order to help them become reformed, productive citizens, according to the organization's website.

Undercover deputies began a covert operation in which they said Ellison openly solicited the victim to exchange sexual favors for her community service hours, Volkodav said. Ellison was arrested Thursday by deputies in a sting operation when he arrived at a location where he believed he would be receiving sexual favors from the victim, she said.

Investigators are requesting that any additional victims contact the Investigative Services Division at (770) 619-6655.

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