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School principal charged in child sex scandal

Dr John Harold McGill

Dr. John McGill Mt. Carmel Elementary School principal arrested in sex scandal

An elementary school principal as caught in a statewide sting-targeting child sex trafficking. The principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary Dr. John McGill was arrested along with 13 others in a Georgia Bureau of investigation sting known as “Operation Broken Heart.”

The GBI Division of Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes unit stated that the purpose of the sting was “to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex. On-line child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose for having sex.”

McGill is married with six children and three grandchildren and has been an educator for over eighteen years.  McGill’s educational background includes a doctorate in educational leadership from Samford University in Birmingham.   A spokes person for the Douglas County School System, Karen Stroud said, “McGill had been suspended pending the law enforcement investigation. “The system is cooperating fully with law enforcement, few details, confirmed by law enforcement are available at this time.”