ATLANTA — A powerful south Georgia judge who once led the largest drug court in the state is stepping down from the bench to resolve accusations that she abused her authority by indefinitely jailing defendants.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission said Tuesday that Brunswick Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams will resign on Jan. 2. She also agreed to never seek judicial office again.

The commission in November accused Williams of more than a dozen misconduct violations. It said she ordered drug court defendants to be jailed until she freed them and once sent someone to jail because he used the term "baby momma."

Williams was to answer the charges next month and face an ethics hearing later next year. She and her attorney did not return calls seeking comment.