The Macon Judicial Circuit is taking on a new focus: elder abuse.
According to a news release, District Attorney David Cooke has appointed Assistant District Attorney Will Johnson to specifically prosecute crimes against the elderly in the Macon Judicial District.
When he was a child, Johnson's grandmother watched him while his parents worked. He says in the release that this taught him the compassion and care necessary for this new appointment.
In the release, Cooke said crimes against the elderly need special attention "because they are usually the result of relationships where the victim trusts the abuser, making the cases more challenging to prosecute."
Abusers can be both women and men, and possibly family members, friends or "trusted others."