ROSWELL, Ga. — Only Channel 2 Action News was there as officers arrested a former Roswell city councilman in Gwinnett County.
Channel 2's investigative reporter Mark Winne was at the Motel 6 on Tuesday when Kent Igleheart was taken into custody. He will now face child sex-related charges in DeKalb County.
Iglehart resigned from his position of 15 years in November 2016 when he was accused of sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Tuesday, he was indicted on 15 charges.
"Initially the case was opened because the young victim in this case made an outcry about the sexual relationship," DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston said.
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Boston told Winne that if Iglehart is convicted of the charges in a newly-obtained indictment by her office from a grand jury, he could sit in prison much longer than the 15 years he served as a councilman.
“Anytime we have a predator that is using the internet to sexually exploit and induce a child, I take that really seriously,” Boston told Winne.
The indictment said Iglehart posed as a teenager online to obtain sexually explicit images and videos of a 14-year-old girl, and then revealed his true identity and began a physical relationship with her after she turned 16.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re an elected official or otherwise, any adult engaging in this type of illegal behavior with a minor is completely inappropriate and absolutely illegal,” Boston said.
As he was being put into the back of the patrol car Tuesday, Winne asked Iglehart if he sexually exploited a minor. Iglehart did not answer Winne’s questions.
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