DeKalb juvenile court intake supervisor cleared of allegation the he inappropriately touched young boys

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities investigated allegations that a DeKalb Juvenile Court worker molested young boys.

DeKalb County police launched their investigation on March 3, 2014 after meeting with DeKalb Juvenile Court Administrator, Michael Coffee.

According to the report, Cuffee called police after an employee told him a male supervisor had inappropriately touched boys in the past.

The police report listed the employee at the center of investigation as Gerald Brown. At the time, Brown was the intake supervisor. He no longer works for the agency.

DeKalb Police closed their case against Brown in April of 2014 because of insufficient probable cause.

A source tipped Channel 2s Erica Byfield off to the police investigation in March 2014.

The initial police report read, "On a recent occasion, Mr. Brown had a little boy in his office and the little boy has his (blank) out" and "Mr. Brown had touched boys in the past but had not done it recently."

It went on to say others who work at the Juvenile Court Center are aware of past allegations involving the same employee.

One person with alleged past knowledge is Juvenile Chief Justice Desiree Peagler.

The report says two county employees told police, "Judge Desiree Peagler might have information in reference to an investigation regarding pervious allegations on Mr. Brown."

Peagler has not responded to any of our requests for a comment.

In March 2014 Byfield stopped by Brown's house.  He was in his driveway when she and a photographer pulled up in a Channel 2 Action News Live Truck.

Within minutes Brown backed out of his driveway.

Our crew attempted to follow him and honked and waved at Brown.  He did not stop.  Eventually Byfield caught up with Brown at a red light.  He told her he did not want to speak and sped off.

Detectives interviewed current and past juvenile court employees.

When Byfield contacted Cuffee about the allegations, he told her, "No comment".

A few hours later, Cuffee emailed her a statement saying, "Allegations have come to our attention regarding the actions of a juvenile court employee. The employee has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of a police investigation.  Any additional details will be provided by DeKalb County Police."

Brown was removed after Byfield called.

Channel 2 Action News went through Brown's personnel file and found mostly glowing remarks.


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