As the case developed and
the detectives learned more about the case, the need arose to conduct an
interview with Josh. During this interview, Josh made a false statement
to the detectives. Josh was at that time placed on administrative leave
with pay until the rest of the case could be pursued.
admitted he had made a false statement to Gilmer deputies on a prior
incident involving an investigation of a suspicious vehicle. This case
also involved his uncle, Neal Posey.
On Monday, detectives
obtained an arrest warrant for Josh Posey, charging him with making a
false statement. He was arrested and subsequently terminated. Josh Posey
was processed and booked into the Gilmer County Detention Center on
Monday and directly after posted bond.
Neal Posey remains in the
Gilmer County Detention Center. Detectives are still actively
investigating his involvement in possibly more burglaries.
Sheriff Nicholson states, “This is very disappointing to me as well as
my staff. I make a point to give a speech to all new employees when I
swear them in and warn them that even though they are beginning work
with the Sheriff’s Office, they are not above the law and in fact can
get themselves into more trouble sometimes than if they were regular
citizens. We have high standards within the Sheriff’s Office and no
matter how painful it may be, we intend to keep them high to maintain
the trust of the citizens of Gilmer County.”