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Madison County High School Teacher Arrested For Second Sexual Battery Case

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Following Hill’s May 14 arrest, another victim contacted FDLE agents with allegations of sexual abuse which resulted in today’s arrest

Geoffrey Hill

News Release: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
May 22, 2014

MADISON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center today arrested Geoffrey Walter Hill, 42, on one count of sexual battery by person in custodial authority.

Following Hill’s May 14 arrest, another victim contacted FDLE agents with allegations of sexual abuse which resulted in today’s arrest. Hill remains suspended from his position as band instructor at Madison County High School.

Hill was booked into the Madison County Jail on $500,000 bond. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit.

Anyone with information about this case or Geoffrey Walter Hill is urged to contact the FDLE Live Oak Field Office at (386) 330-2840.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 15, 2014

Madison, FL - A local high school band instructor WHO'S NOW facing sexual battery charges.

State agents say there could be additional victims.

"It's really shocking to hear because Mr. Hill was probably one of my favorite teachers at the high school." Says, Stephen Smithwick, a senior at Madison County High School.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says someone complained that Madison County High School band director Geoffrey Hill sexually abused them.

Hill was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery.

Smithwick says, "He's always been a helping teacher to help me get through everything. I mean, I even use him on references for jobs and I just never expected nothing like this to ever happen."

FDLE has not said where the abuse happened or confirmed if it was a student.

FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger says, "Investigators do believe that there could be additional victims. So, we're asking anyone with information with either about this case or about Mr. Hill to contact FDLE's Live Oak Field Office."

The number is (386) 330-2840.

The Madison County Schools Superintendent, Doug Brown, says he suspended Hill with pay immediately after he got word that Hill was arrested. Brown says that is standard procedure to do while the investigation is underway.

Brown says, "These kinds of situations are always situations that cause concern. Certainly this is a sad situation that we're dealing with. But, I want to remind everybody that these are allegations at this point."

Superintendent Brown says Hill has been employed with the district since August 1997.

Smithwick says, "Everybody's just shocked and trying to figure out what another scandal happened at the high school."

Hill was booked into the Madison County Jail on $250,000 bond. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit.


News Release: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
May 15, 2014 - 10:30am

MADISON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center yesterday arrested Geoffrey Walter Hill, 42, on one count of sexual battery by person in custodial authority.

FDLE agents began investigating Hill after receiving a complaint from an individual alleging to have been sexually abused by Hill. Hill is a band instructor at Madison County High School and was suspended by the Madison County School District Superintendent upon his arrest.

Hill was booked into the Madison County Jail on $250,000 bond. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit.

Agents believe there may be additional unidentified victims. Anyone with information about this case or Geoffrey Walter Hill is urged to contact the FDLE Live Oak Field Office at (386) 330-2840.


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