Doug Nelson resigns as magistrate judge

EVANS, GA (WFXG) - Magistrate Doug Nelson has voluntarily resigned his position as a magistrate judge in Columbia County, effective immediately, according to Chief Magistrate Jason Troiano.

The resignation comes the day after a WFXG report aired in which several women accused Nelson on misconduct during their custody cases.

Troiano said it would be "inappropriate to comment" on the matter, but he takes the allegations "very seriously."

Nelson has maintained the accusations are untrue.

He couldn't be reached for further comment following the announcement of his resignation.

For clarification purposes, Magistrate Doug Nelson is different from attorney-at-law Douglas Merlin Nelson, who is a practicing lawyer with offices in Downtown Augusta.

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