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Foster Care Provider Arrested After Inappropriate Touching of a Minor in Georgia: Authorities

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The Department of Family and Children Services named one of its 2019 Foster Carers of the Year. On Monday, May 6, that person was arrested and charged with child abuse.

John Harbin, 53, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child, enticing a child to do something inappropriate, and having inappropriate sexual contact with a foster child.

Investigator Pierce with the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office says a foster child told an adult at her elementary school that she had been touched inappropriately. Because the adult had to report the incident, a report was immediately filed with the authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies quickly found evidence leading to Harbin’s arrest. Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office was told what was happening. Around 6 p.m., Harbin was arrested and taken to the Colquitt County Jail.

Pierce told WALB that the investigation received assistance from Hero House in Moultrie, DFCS and the District Attorney’s Office of Victim Assistance.

Once Harbin was captured, the foster home was closed down by the state and the other foster children living there were taken away. According to Peirce, the foster children were not from Colquitt County.

Harbin remains in the Colquitt County Jail after failing to post bail.