DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A judge set a $50,000 bond for the elementary school principal arrested during a child predator sting.
Dr. John McGill, the principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, was one of 14 people arrested in DeKalb County over the weekend. He bonded out of jail Tuesday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said those arrested traveled from all parts of Northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.
McGill didn't say a word as detectives led him into the courthouse.McGill's wife sat silently in the back row as the charges were read.
The arrest warrant read in court gave lurid details about the crimes McGill allegedly committed. According to the charges, McGill responded to a Craiglist ad posting from a mother seeking someone for her daughter.The warrant alleges that in email and phone conversations, McGill claimed that he had "taught other girls and would go slow" and "asked about having oral sex with a child."
The judge also ordered McGill to have no unsupervised contact with children. McGill has three older children from a previous marriage. If he goes back to the home he shares with his current wife, he must be supervised around her children, who are ages 17, 14 and 9.
McGill's attorney urged people to not rush to judgement.
"There's always more facts than will come out in one side of the story -- and that's all you've got so far. One side," said defense attorney Mac Pilgrim.
As of Tuesday night, McGill remained in jail despite posting the bond.
Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary effective March 10.