AJC verifies poster’s contention that school board member and candidate have arrests in their backgrounds. Voters will have to decide if offenses deserve ballot box reprimand.

Here is the promised news story following up on the past arrests of current DeKalb school board member Zepora Roberts — arrested for picketing related to a civil rights protest –  and District 3 hopeful Corey E. Wilson, whose most recent arrest was due to domestic violence. Thanks again to the posters who alerted us to these arrests.

This is an excerpt from the news story:

Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday show District 3 candidate Corey Wilson was accused of kicking his wife and putting her in a headlock in 2006. However, she later decided to not prosecute.

Wilson and his wife both referred comments to campaign spokesman Will Sellers.

“It was an argument over a financial matter. There was no physical contact,” Sellers told the AJC. “His mother had just passed away and emotions were running high. But the important thing is he was not convicted and there was no violence.”

However, courts records show Okevia Wilson’s teenage daughter witnessed Corey Wilson’s attack. Corey Wilson was charged with two counts of simple battery and two counts of violating the state’s family violence act, all misdemeanors.

Corey Wilson was scheduled for trial a year later, but his wife signed an affidavit saying she did not want to prosecute. The solicitor’s office dropped the charges, but a judge still ordered Corey Wilson to attend a domestic violence intervention program.

Sellers said Okevia Wilson was not injured and the couple is still married.

Wilson’s first arrest came in 1992 when, as a college student, he was taken into custody at a house party in Stone Mountain and charged with disorderly conduct. A year later, Wilson returned to the DeKalb jail on assault charges after a fist fight with his brother. The dispute arose over Wilson’s suspicions that the brother’s friend had broken into their mother’s house, Sellers said. Again, no charges were filed.

Wilson, 40, serves as PTA president at Oak View Elementary, where the couple’s two children attend. Wilson, a manager at CarMax, has been endorsed by the county’s largest teachers’ union, the Organization of DeKalb Educators, and the Chamber of Commerce group eduKalb.

Wilson was not required to disclose his arrests to qualify for election. He did not list his arrests on a candidate questionnaire with eduKalb, a spokeswoman said.

Board vice chairwoman Zepora Roberts, who is running for re-election in District 7 and was not endorsed, also did not list her time in jail.

Roberts said she was picketing a store on North Druid Hills with the NAACP in 1986 when she and several other members were arrested.

Roberts was booked into the DeKalb jail on one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass, but was released several hours later. A judge later dismissed the charges a few months later.

“It was during apartheid and they were selling products from South Africa and the NAACP took them on,” Roberts, 66, told the AJC. “And we were arrested for picketing.”

33 comments Add your comment

Never Ending

October 25th, 2010
9:31 pm

http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=165732

Maureen, how in the heck did the AJC miss this during Gene Walker’s first run for BOE, or when the AJC was covering him refusing to resign from the DeKalb Development Authority while he was on the BOE accepting campaign contributions from the out of state Sember Corporation?

This article is from the Associated Press. It is very surprising Walker was elected to a board that controls over a billion dollars a year without someone catching this. Heck, he was a state senator and a state parole board member! Walker won a run-off over Ernest Brown for his first term. How would voters have reacted to Walker if they knew about the settlement by the state?

Moving Fast

October 25th, 2010
9:49 pm

out of DeKalb. DeKalb needs a complete over haul. Before you know it, Marion Berry will be running the show. We have about the same ethical standards in this county. No one should be returned. The Central Office needs to be cleaned out. No one should be allowed to have family and friends appointed to cushy jobs. DeKalb is going down the tubes unless we take charge and have some accountability among our elected officials. We need strong ethical standards in place and consequences to those who do not know better. Hitting a woman or child Or anyone because you have had a bad week is no excuse.

Hmmm

October 25th, 2010
10:38 pm

Someone is not being accurate here. And it’s a major sticking point to the AJC’s story.

This is what Wilson’s spokesperson Will Sellers says:
“Wilson and his wife both referred comments to campaign spokesman Will Sellers.
“It was an argument over a financial matter. There was no physical contact,” Sellers told the AJC. “His mother had just passed away and emotions were running high. But the important thing is he was not convicted and there was no violence.”

This is what Wilson’s daughter told police:
“Okevia Wilson’s daughter called police after she awoke to the sounds of a fight, she told police.She came downstairs and saw Corey Wilson holding her mother in a headlock and kicking her, according to a police report.”

Will Sellers, who by all accounts was not present at the incident, says “there was no violence”.

Wilson’s daughter told police she “saw Corey Wilson holding her mother in a headlock and kicking her”.

If Will Sellers’ account is accurate, the Wilson’s daughter gave the police inaccurate information about her own father “her mother in a headlock and kicking her”.

If Wilson’s daughter was accurate with the police, then Will Sellers’ statement is extrememly inaccurate.

Something smells here.

Cheryl Matthews

October 26th, 2010
12:17 am

Zepora Roberts just won back my vote. I am so happy that I didn’t vote early. I am now reminded how this warrior fought for the Civil Rights of Blacks the Deseg. Case I believe her illness may have affected her emotions.

toto

October 26th, 2010
1:02 am

Good for a laugh: “Call Me Senator”
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/125527-airplane-director-cuts-ad-poking-fun-at-boxer-for-maam-exchange
At least some politicians have entertainment value….leadership? Not so much.

mike

October 26th, 2010
5:59 am

Interesting how never ending and moving fast brought up two individuals who have nothing to do with this article, Walker and Berry. How about sticking to the facts in the article. Oh yeah I remember now to a lot of people in this country facts really mean nothing. I would rather vote for someone getting arrested for protesting for civil rights.

Write Your Board Members

October 26th, 2010
6:24 am

Cheryl

I am surprised you can vote for Roberts since your other posts have been about Jay’s district. Hate to point out that Wilson is running against Sarah Copelin-Woods.

DP

October 26th, 2010
6:45 am

No wonder our School Board has so many problems. The State has settled hundreds of thousands of state dollars due to harassment of women and then Dr. Walker is now one of our school board members. This is so sad. I had always heard he had a history of inappropriate behavior with women while he was a senator. However, who knew he had such a record. It is interesting how he could say he had never had any ethical charges against him. When the state settles for this amount of money and an EOCC complaint had been file there definitely was an investigation for wrong doings. I wonder if SACS knows about this. If they do not they should know. Walker has a great deal of influence on the school board and he also has been known to bully African Americans on the school board to vote the way he wants them to vote.

bobbie

October 26th, 2010
6:47 am

It’s strange why Roberts didn’t make her arrest more public – it seems like it would be a strength for her campaign…

Dr NO

October 26th, 2010
7:20 am

Just more Dekalb county citizenry sleaze and incompetence. Good thing Clayton County has Dekalb as an example.

msbssy

October 26th, 2010
7:50 am

Before cheryl was on the Jaques Hall bandwagon, she was praising Jay because he was always out in the community, now its Zepora Roberts. Good lord woman, do you even live in DeKalb?

Maureen Downey

October 26th, 2010
8:24 am

@hmmm, A lot of people do not think violence in the home against a family member is as dangerous or merits the same penalties as violence inflicted on strangers. The battered women’s movement has gone a long way to change that, but I think that is still a belief.
Maureen

T. S. Cobb

October 26th, 2010
8:52 am

In my humble opinion, violence against a woman is one of the vilest, most heinous acts a man may commit. If that sort of behavior is is a man’s background, I say he is unqualified to sit on any public board or hold any public office. Period.

Dr NO

October 26th, 2010
9:18 am

Depends TS Cobb. If the woman provoked the violence towards her then perhaps the man involved would do well to sit on a public board/hold public office so he might speak out against such women.

Hmmm

October 26th, 2010
9:18 am

“Okevia Wilson’s daughter called police after she awoke to the sounds of a fight, she told police.She came downstairs and saw Corey Wilson holding her mother in a headlock and kicking her, according to a police report.”

Not only was the incident with his wife, it was enough for his daughter to call police, and she had to witness it firsthand. And the police took him to jail. If this is acceptable behavior for someone running for office, Lord help us. What does it say about the DeKalb court system at the time that it took a year to go to trial, before Wilson was graciously allowed to go to diversion instead?

And I don’t know what planet Will Sellers lives on if he thinks a headlock and kicking isn’t “violence”.

Joshyaa

October 26th, 2010
10:05 am

The old clayton county school board members seem like angels compared to dekalb county and atlanta.

Tuckergirl

October 26th, 2010
10:29 am

It doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Wilson’s wife did not press charges. Or that his “spokesman” is downplaying it so much. Mrs. Wilson did what most wives do when they are a victim of domestic violence. They don’t press charges and they keep living with the man who beats up on them. To press charges would mean shedding light on a family secret and incurring further violence from her husband. She probably did it to keep the peace and possibly protect her daughter. She is not the first nor will she be the last wife or girlfriend to do this, unfortunately.

November

October 26th, 2010
10:35 am

You know, the sad thing about all this is……”most of those running that have a history of violence in their past will be re-elected because……they’re black in a majority black district and the citizenry just doesn’t care enough….they’ll vote for the incumbent”. DeKalb County is slowly, but surely, getting to the point where people that care about their children’s education will not consider moving to DeKalb because of the horrible school system……Folks, if you keep electing the same people, it’s not gonna get any better, only worse. Remember, vote responsibly on November 2nd :)

DeKalb Educated

October 26th, 2010
11:34 am

Maureen, domestic abuse should not be tolerated by anyone. It is sad that people don’t view beating up your wife or child (or husband by women) as awful as attacking a stranger. Why anyone would elect anyone to even be dogcatcher with a record of violence is beyond me. I was kicked and shoved by my ex. I left him. He coaxed me back with promises. He told if if I pressed charges or divorced him that it would ruin his business and he couldn’t support the children. I later divorced him when he abused me in front of the children. It’s funny (really rather sad), I was willing to take the abuse in private but once he threw things at me in front of the children and accused me of things that were not true, it was over. Domestic abuse is psychological in nature and dangerous. More women are killed in the US by their boyfriends, husbands and ex-husbands than by strangers. Trust me, if this man did it once, he will do again. It will never be his fault. He will blame the woman for she made it him do with her supernatural powers. I have been there. Shame on DeKalb for ever electing or considering a man like this to serve on a board paid for by my taxes. Why is this alright? Is it cultural? How can people continue to elect people who have been shown to be violent or unethical or unbalanced?

Dunwoody Mom

October 26th, 2010
11:39 am

I have thoughts on this subject, but out of respect for Mrs. Wilson I choose not to pontificate on a public blog. If this were my situation, I would not appreciate total strangers offering up opinions as if they were fact and intruding into my personal life. None of us know the true facts of this case so to continue this conversation is a complete betrayal of Mrs. Wilson.

DanWoods

October 26th, 2010
11:58 am

After reading the responses I’m shocked that so many politicians are Black and from Clayton County. (Wink, wink, code words.”)

Sonny Perdue must be Black and from Clayton County. His corrupt land deals and shady tax breaks were disgusting. Now he is playing the “friends and family” game appointing them to high government positions as he leaves town.

At least we didn’t elect Black Republican John Oxendine also from Clayton. A flat out thief who abused his position.

The bad news is we will elect the most corrupt of all, Nathan Deal, a Black man from Clayton County.

Of course the 2 corrupt, indicted Gwinnett officials are from “Clayton.” Ralph Reed? Clayton. Mitch ‘Scandal’akis? Clayton. McBerry? Yep, Clayton. Pat Swindal? Same.

Glenn Richardson most certainly is a Black man from Clayton.

Most of all ex Sec of Education Linda Schrenko, doing time from stealing funds from a deaf school is a Black man from Clayton County. Wow.

Wow, who knew?

Folks, if you keep electing the same people, it’s not gonna get any better, only worse. Remember, vote responsibly on November 2nd.

Berny

October 26th, 2010
12:06 pm

People please stop. You don’t personally know the Wilson therefore you don’t know what happened. That’s all.

DeKalb Educated

October 26th, 2010
12:08 pm

Unfortunately, I knew Pat Swindel. Never voted for him because I knew him. He was Briarcliff High grad back in the day. No surprise about him. Corrupt government is not relagated to once county or one race. Dekalb is just sad. I am sure there was corrupt governnment here when it was all white and the “good old boy” system. You have to think, can it be better. I just know that now that many qualified people are not considered in DeKalb for positions because they are not black. They don’t even waste their time. Maybe we all deserve what we get. I don’t think so. I think there are many wonderful people black, white, Asian, Hispanic, African, European, Red-neck and Middle-aged Soccer Moms that could do a really good job without bankrupting us and making unethical choices.

Dunwoody Mom

October 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

I am sure there was corrupt governnment here when it was all white and the “good old boy” system

@DeKalb Educated….2 words…Manuel Maloof

Free Market Champion

October 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

Isn’t every person who works in government at the minimum the recipient of stolen goods (taxes)? And certainly since government can be defined as the group with the monopoly on force in a given geographic region every person working for government must therefore be an agent of that force/violence.

So its really about semantics. Anyone who would choose to serve in the agency of government is inherently and voluntarily choosing to be an agent of that force against the population.

The truly free market is about voluntary exchange, not force or violence.

Dr NO

October 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

The topic Mr Woods is Dekalb County. Nice diversionary tactic I must say and even better affirmation of how Dekalc citizenry thinking…or lack thereof!

Dr NO

October 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

“I am sure there was corrupt governnment here when it was all white and the “good old boy” system”

Agreed…and even more so now with the “Good ole Thug-boy” systems. APS, Dekalb, S Fulton, Clayton Counties, Atlanta City govt, East Point, etc.

LMAO…just more blame and less responsbility taken by the black community. It never ends with you people.

DeKalb Educated

October 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

@Dunwoody. Yep, knew Manual – what a good ole boy system, he had! Still, staying with the blog theme. Violence is not good. Domestic violence is evil. Pushing reporters or other board members out of your way, is not to lauded. There are no excuses. Bad hair day. Bad week. Mother died. Dod ate my homework. No one who loses their temper should be in control of our children’s education or our tax dollars. For if someone loses control of their own emotions, why should we trust them to control anything else?

Dekalbite

October 26th, 2010
2:22 pm

Personally, I think you should talk to Corey Wilson and talk to the people who are his friends and work with him on the Oakview PTA. You read 2 or 3 sentences in the arrest report and then begin to speculate. And I agree with Dunwoody Mom. Why would you presume to speak for Mrs. Wilson who has been married for many years to Corey Wilson? I’m sure she can speak for herself. I believe there is some projecting going on.

WhatEv

October 26th, 2010
5:23 pm

Corey Wilson: Four different arrests over a 14 year period. A pattern?

His own daughter has to call the police after she witnesses him headlocking and kicking his wife.

We can do better.

DEP

October 26th, 2010
6:02 pm

I am a recovered battered woman and “thank God” the judge would not let me drop the case against my ex. I thing that the whole situation is sad. It is important that candidates come clean on situations like this before the media gets it. You cannot cover up arrests and family violence. I am disappointed that the judge allowed the case to be handled in this way.

Corey is a great guy and I actually do believe he would make an excellent school board member. However, that he did not answer questions presented to him honestly is a bad sign. It is always better to tell the truth about situations like this. If it really was nothing then why not be upfront about it. Why did he lie on the eduKalb documents? He apparently did not acknowledge an arrest history.

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