A Douglas County principal is arrested following an undercover investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.
56-year-old John Harold McGill, a 14 year principal of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County, faces a DeKalb County judge on Tuesday after he was charged with trying to have sex with a child.
McGill was among 14 people arrested under the state’s “Operation Broken Heart” program. According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, “The purpose of ‘Operation Broken Heart’ was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex.”
The disturbing website features “on-line child predator chat rooms” where predators introduce children to sexual content and then arrange to meet them.
The Douglas County School district response was posted Monday on the Mount Carmel School website:
“I was notified today (Sunday, March 2) that Mt. Carmel Elementary School Principal John McGill was arrested this weekend and is under investigation,” reported Douglas County School Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “We take this matter very seriously. He has been suspended by the system pending the law enforcement investigation.”
The system is fully cooperating with law enforcement. Few details, confirmed by law enforcement, are available at this time; more information is expected as the process proceeds.
The district has made arrangements to have full administrative coverage in place at Mt. Carmel as we progress through this matter.”
The four day Operation Broken Heart sting involved thirty-seven law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The GBI arrested people ranging from ages 21 to 64, and who were all traveling from various parts of northern Georgia to DeKalb County in an attempt to meet and have sex with a child.