Perry Co. Attorney Charged With Soliciting Sex From Minor
LINDEN, Tenn. - A well-known Perry County attorney was arrested for allegedly trying to have sex with a minor.
Investigators think Bobby McGee, who is in jail in Memphis, used the Internet to prey on an underage girl in Florida.
McGee has been practicing law in Linden for more than 20 years. He is one of two attorneys in town.
"Mr. McGee is probably one of the nicest men I've ever met," said Judy Casey, McGee's bookkeeper. "He is a kind man."
"He is an advocate for women's rights. He's very protective of children's rights," said Diane Berg, McGee's secretary. "He has been deeply involved in cases that involved abused children or custody of children."
Now McGee finds himself accused of a crime involving children. The 62-year-old man is behind bars in Memphis, accused of using the Internet to solicit sex from a minor in Florida.
In a criminal complaint, investigators said McGee tried to "persuade, induce, entice, or coerce another individual under the age of 18 ... to engage in prostitution and sexual activity."
Sources said the investigation involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ended when authorities arrested McGee at a gas station in Linden last week.
This is not the first time McGee has come under fire.
In 2006, the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended his license to practice law for engaging in sexual relationships with his clients.
"He is on probation for three years because of it, but he is practicing. He started practicing again last year," Casey said.
Casey and Berg said they don't know the full details of the new allegations against their boss.
They said they won't know until they hear it straight from McGee.
"I do not believe that Mr. McGee would do anything dishonest. I do not believe he'd commit a crime and he has my absolute full support," Berg said.
"We're not forming an opinion until we know for sure," Casey said.
Federal authorities said investigators took computers and other evidence from McGee's office earlier in the week.
The FBI said McGee had a hearing in Memphis earlier Friday, but did not say what came out of that hearing.
In 2006, the state Supreme Court ordered McGee to take ethics and responsibility courses as part of a punishment for having sexual relationships with his clients.