Hart County commissioner facing new charges, Sheriff confirms

A Hart County Commissioner and his son were arrested following a family dispute.
Published: Mar. 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM EDT
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HART COUNTY, G.A. (FOX Carolina) - Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland confirmed that a Hart County Commissioner was charged with new crimes.

According to Cleveland, Hart County Commissioner James Ricky Carter is now facing new charges, including three counts of third-degree Cruelty to Children, two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Aggravated Battery. Deputies took him into custody at around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. He is currently being held until a bond hearing.

On Saturday, March 19, James Carter and his son were arrested following a dispute, according to the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a home on Lavonia Hwy. Deputies said Commissioner James Ricky Carter and his son 34-year-old Jake Carter, were arrested after they got into an altercation at a family member’s house at around 10:30 p.m., which ended with Jake beating a 61-year-old family member in front of his grandchildren.

That family member was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to deputies.

Deputies said Carter was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, terroristic threats and acts, and three charges of cruelty to children in the third degree.

Commissioner Carter was charged with terrorist threats and acts and pointing a gun/pistol towards another.

Stay tuned as we continue to learn more.