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Authorities: Forsyth County firefighter and wife accused in child abuse case
John James Weisgerber
John James Weisgerber, Ashlee Corrine Weisgerber

A Forsyth County firefighter and his wife accused of committing a series of physical and sexual abuses against children under the age of 18 have been arrested in Dawson County.

John James Weisgerber, 40, of Dawsonville was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Sept. 27 for aggravated assault, two counts of sexual battery and six counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, according to court records.

Ashlee Corrine Weisgerber, 34, of Dawsonville was arrested by the sheriff’s office on Thursday, Oct. 3 for six counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, reckless conduct and theft of lost/mislaid property.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, John Weisgerber is accused of committing several acts, including physical and sexual abuse, against children under the age of 18 which caused “cruel, excessive physical or mental pain.”

Ashlee Weisgerber is accused of “failing to intervene and allowing her husband, Jon, to commit the criminal offenses against the children,” Johnson said.

Ashlee Weisgerber is additionally charged with reckless conduct due to an accusation that she gave medication “intended for another” to a child for whom the medication was not prescribed, as well as theft of lost/mislaid property due to an accusation that she came into possession of a mislaid purse and “threw it in a trash can with the intent of depriving the owner of it,” he said.

On Friday, Karen Shields, director of communication for Forsyth County, confirmed that John Weisgerber is a firefighter with the Forsyth County Fire Department.

Shields later said that Weisgerber has been employed by the fire department since 2002. She said that Weisgerber has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his arrest.

Dawson County Detention Center records show that John Weisgerber is being held in custody under a $75,200 bond, while Ashlee Weisgerber is being held under a bond of $50,200.