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Carr Announces New Human Trafficking Indictment in Clayton County Involving Alleged Member of Outcast Motorcycle Gang

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ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Gerome McGriff, Jr. (aka Lil Savage), 43, of Morrow, has been indicted in Clayton County on charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, False Imprisonment, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. McGriff is an alleged member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Outcast Motorcycle Gang. He is believed to have recruited at least three women for the purpose of sexual servitude and to have provided the Outcast Motorcycle Gang with financial proceeds from the sale of the victims. McGriff is further alleged to have maintained the victims in sexual servitude by using his status as an “enforcer” in the gang to threaten them with violence.

“Across our state, gangs are actively engaged in human trafficking as a primary means to make money, and we are using all available resources to disrupt their operations and keep our people safe,” said Carr. “Whether a buyer or a seller, those who abuse and exploit another person for sex will be met with the full force of the law. Our top priority is to protect our fellow Georgians, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

This case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Gang Task Force, the GBI’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, and the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

“Our HEAT Unit and Gang Task Force are constantly at work to keep dangerous individuals out of our communities,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “This investigation clearly shows that often organized gangs commit serious crimes like human trafficking. Working with the AG’s Office and local partners, the GBI remains committed to disrupting these criminal networks.”

About the Outcast Motorcycle Gang

The Outcast Motorcycle Gang is considered an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang or a “One-Percenter” Motorcycle Gang. Other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs include the Hell’s Angels, the Pagans, the Vandals, Sin City Disciples and Chosen Few.

The Outcast Motorcycle Gang has 67 chapters across the country, including four in Georgia. Founded in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, the second Outcast chapter was formed in Atlanta. Additional chapters are located in Augusta, Hawkinsville and Savannah, Georgia.

The Outcast Motorcycle Gang is a highly organized structure with hierarchical leadership. Its national and local chapters are led by elected officers, such as President and Vice President.

In May, Carr’s Gang Prosecution Unit indicted 16 alleged members of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the Outcast Motorcycle Gang in Bryan County. This is considered the largest motorcycle gang indictment in state history and its announcement followed the culmination of Operation Patronus, a multi-agency investigation targeting gangs and guns in Southeast Georgia and beyond. This operation resulted in the recovery of approximately $180,000 in cash and the seizure of 71 guns, two motorcycles and two cars.

Indictment of Gerome McGriff, Jr.

The Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Gang Prosecution Units presented evidence to a Clayton County Grand Jury, resulting in McGriff’s indictment* on Aug. 30, 2023. Specifically, McGriff is facing the following charges:

  • 5 counts of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude
  • 10 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 1 count of False Imprisonment
  • 1 count of Aggravated Assault
  • 1 count of Armed Robbery
  • 1 count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

About the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Gang Prosecution Units

In 2019, with the support of Governor Brian Kemp, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and leaders in the Georgia General Assembly, Attorney General Chris Carr created the first-of-its-kind statewide Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

Last year, the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit led and assisted 33 case investigations and rescued and assisted 116 victims.

So far, the Unit has obtained 26 new convictions in 2023, all of which have included prison sentences.

The Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has 36 defendants who are currently under indictment for sex or labor trafficking, with some facing charges in multiple jurisdictions around the state.

The Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit is housed in the Prosecution Division, which also includes Carr’s Gang Prosecution Unit and his Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit.

The Gang Prosecution Unit officially began its historic work on July 1, 2022. In total, this new Unit has indicted 86 alleged gang members across the state, including Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Bryan, Clayton, Cobb, Dougherty, Gwinnett, Muscogee, and Thomas counties.

The statewide Gang Prosecution Unit is based in Atlanta, with regional, satellite prosecutors and investigators in Albany and Augusta, Georgia.

*Members of the public should keep in mind that indictments contain only allegations against the individual against whom the indictment is sought. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it will be the government’s burden at trial to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the allegations contained in the indictment.

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