Kristopher Coody, a former Georgia sheriff, resigned and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery for inappropriately touching Judge Glenda Hatchett in January 2022.
According to the Associated Press, Coody was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and complete 400 hours of community service.
Shortly after receiving his sentence on Monday, Coody announced his guilty plea and resignation in a statement.
“To be clear, I had no intent to touch Ms. Hatchett inappropriately,” he also noted in the statement, WMAZ reported. “Unfortunately, I acted in a careless manner and for that, I have taken full responsibility for my actions.”
Coody had served as sheriff since 2017.
Hatchett addressed the court, explaining her experience pre- and post-trial.
“My entire professional career, I have been involved in supporting victims,” she said. “I have seen in my courtroom so many victims over the years.”
She continued, “To be on this side of this is very difficult. It is important for the defendant and everyone present to understand the horrific effect this has had on me. This has cut me to the core.”
Cobb State Court Judge Carl Bowers, who presided over the case, apologized to Hatchett for her experience and how long the case took. He also thanked her for attending Monday’s hearing.
In addition to probation, community service and the fine, Coody must complete a psychosexual evaluation and an alcohol and drug course. Pugh said he’s already done the latter.
Bowers also instructed him to refrain from contacting Hatchett. If he violates that order, Bowers made his stance clear.
“I will lock you up,” he said on Monday. “Not a threat, simply a promise.”
Hatchett is known for starring in her arbitration-based reality court shows, Judge Hatchett (2000-2008) and The Verdict with Judge Hatchett (2016-present.