On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate allegations of Investigator Harnage interfering with an ongoing child molestation investigation. Harnage was refusing to provide information to other investigators vital to the investigation. This investigation led to the discovery of evidence of Harnage soliciting and performing sex acts on and off duty in uniform dating back to 2013. Harnage was terminated from Lee County Sheriff’s Office on July 16, 2020.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Americus Field Office at 229-931-2439. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

The Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office includes:  Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Houston, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Webster, Wilcox, Worth