Former Roswell councilman indicted after sexual relationship with teen

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Former Roswell councilman indicted after sexual relationship with teen

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Kent Igleheart was indicted Tuesday. AJC FILE PHOTO

A former Roswell councilman who was accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a minor was indicted Tuesday in DeKalb County.

Kent Igleheart, who resigned from the city council in November, was indicted on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports.

Igleheart, 54, spent 11 days in jail after he was first arrested by DeKalb County Police in October. He was arrested again Tuesday in Gwinnett County on a Grand Jury warrant following his indictment on additional charges.

When Igleheart was arrested at Northlake Mall last fall, he had allegedly rented a room at a nearby Days Inn where he intended to take the girl, who was 17 at the time of his arrest.

A statement from the District Attorney’s office said Igleheart’s relationship with the girl began in February 2014, when she was 14. He allegedly posed as a teenage boy, met the girl online and obtained sexually explicit images and videos of her.

Igleheart revealed his age and identity years later, after meeting the girl in person, and allegedly lured her into a relationship, authorities said.

According to a warrant, Igleheart and the girl had chatted on the app Kik for several years, where Igleheart had asked the girl to send him photos of her breasts, genitals and buttocks.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik spoke exclusively to the mayor about what's next for the city.

The arrest came after the girl confided in her mother about the relationship.

Igleheart is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail. He will likely be arraigned in May, a spokesperson for the DA’s office said.

Roswell residents will vote April 18 to fill Igleheart’s City Council seat. Lori Henry faces Marie Willsey in a runoff.

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