A former Adult Protective Services Agency employee turned  himself in to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department on Monday around 4 p.m. He is not currently at the jail, officials said.

On Dec. 19, Steven Looney was indicted by grand jury on one count of tampering with public record and one count of theft by public servant.

Looney is also the chair of the Cherokee County Republican Party.

Beckworth said the charges pertained to Looney's conduct while employed with the Adult Protective Services Agency, and not his position with the GOP.

Beckworth said the case was investigated by Lance Urban with the Health and Human Services Commission from the Inspector General's office.

Urban could not be reached by deadline Tuesday evening.

Tom Kelley with the Attorney General's office said if he did know about an investigation, “we don't acknowledge investigations when we're involved, we have to leave it there.”

Looney could not be reached at home or at work.

His cell phone message responded, “the person you are trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time.”

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