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Police: Vidalia Newspaper Editor Arrested For Posting Escort Ads

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Source: North Georgia Today Source: North Georgia Today
VIDALIA, GA -

WSAV.com has confirmed William F. Ledford Jr., 57, of Vidalia was arrested last week on 'pandering' charges in Banks County, GA.

According to sources, Ledford serves as editor of The Advance newspaper in Vidalia. 

Ledford was arrested along with four other individuals on Friday.

Ledford is alleged to have posted on a site outside of his area, he is not accused of publishing the postings where he worked, officials clarify.

According to Access North Georgia:  "That investigation was initiated after complaints were made by a Banks County citizen regarding Internet postings of escort services listed for the Banks Crossing area," said Deputy Carissa McFaddin, public information officer for Banks County Sheriff's Office.

Banks County Chief Deputy Shawn Wilson explained how the undercover investigation came to be. Access went on to explain:

"We had several reports that people were placing ads for escorts for the area, and we went ahead and conducted our second operation of the year in the area, which netted five arrests," Wilson said. "One thing that Sheriff Speed has advised is that we are not going to tolerate prostitution in the Banks Crossing area."

Arrested and charged with pandering were the following individuals:

* Adrian Jerome Anderson, 29, of Athens;

* Eric Christian Salis, 36, of Jefferson;

* William F. Ledford Jr., 57, of Vidalia;

* Javier Vallejo, 24, of Cornelia; and

* Robert Latron Campbell, 36, of Athens.

On Jan. 23, Banks County officers arrested 11 people in connection with a pandering investigation in the Banks Crossing area.

"The Banks County Sheriff's Office will continue to aggressively enforce the state law of pandering in hopes to curtail sex offenders, drug dealers and other criminal activity that affects our community," said Sheriff Carlton Speed."

Ledford has since bonded out of the jail, officials say. WSAV.com contacted Ledford who declined to comment, stating: "there is not that much to it".

Access North Georgia  contributed to this report.

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