Embattled former sheriff of Clayton County, Victor Hill, made a public appearance at a church for the first time since his arrest in January.
He is running for the sheriff's seat again this year.
He spoke to members of the Morning Light Baptist Church Sunday morning, saying that his faith has helped him through the arrest and two days spent in jail. Hill said he believes current Clayton County sheriff Kem Kimbrough has political motivations for investigating him.
"I've been out campaigning in the community and everybody knows (Kimbrough's) behind it and the support has continued to be the same - actually the support has gotten greater," Hill said Sunday.
Hill was arrested and charged with 37 criminal counts ranging from misuse of campaign funds to using county resources for personal use. But Hill said he is innocent.
"The only thing we're guilty of is running for sheriff," Hill said.
Hill said he thinks Kimbrough's investigations are politically motivated, but in an earlier interview Kimbrough said he was simply doing his job by having Hill's alleged criminal acts investigated.
"We didn't have to do much investigation at all," Kimbrough said. "Everybody has known about Victor's misconduct since before I took office."
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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