Forsyth County Board of Education member Wes McCall is part of an investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office into a group of people who are accused of unlawfully accessing neighbors’ social media accounts, according to official documents.
McCall was one of a handful of people named in a Sheriff’s Office incident report filed Monday, June 3, who are alleged to have committed “unlawful acts eavesdropping or surveillance.”
The group allegedly includes members of the Pleasant Manor Estates subdivision off Pleasant Grove Road. The allegations, made by three complainants, center around a group text that includes select members of the subdivision’s homeowner’s association, according to the report.
The members of the group text allegedly gained access to the social media accounts of other Pleasant Manor residents, took images from the accounts, manipulated them and shared and commented about them in the group text, the report said.
“I am cooperating with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office who is investigating allegations made against a group of people that includes me,” McCall said in a statement to the Forsyth County News. “I am unable to comment until the investigation has been concluded.”
McCall is the newest member of the county’s school board. He was sworn in December of 2018 after he defeated opponent Mark Weiss in the Republican primary for the District 1 seat last May.
McCall, who also serves as deputy director of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, remains an active member of the school board, but has been placed on paid administrative leave from his position with the City of Alpharetta, according to Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard.
"The city is aware of allegations that have been made against Deputy Director McCall," Drinkard said. "Per our policy and procedure, he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter. Once the investigation has been concluded and the facts established, the city will respond appropriately. Until that time, the city will have no further comment about the matter."
The investigation is expected to be finished as early as next week, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman.