Roswell councilman Kent Igleheart remains jailed on sex crime charges

A Roswell city councilman who was arrested Thursday for child sex crimes remains in jail Monday, and the city has had to cancel a scheduled council meeting because it would not have a quorum.

Kent Igleheart had not posted the $30,000 bond required for his release by Monday evening, according to jail records. Roswell spokeswoman Julie Brechbill said another council member was also unable to make the meeting, and the mayor is traveling out of the country.

Igleheart, 53, was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and furnishing alcohol to a minor. He is accused of maintaining a 4-year relationship with a girl beginning when she was 13.

“If the charges are true, they are extremely disturbing, to say the least,” Roswell Councilwoman Nancy Diamond said in an email. “As a resident and council member, it’s disappointing that a spotlight is on our city for this reason.”

Diamond said it was “painful to think about what the victim and both families are going through.”

Brechbill said the city still has no comment on Igleheart or his future with the council. His term ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Roswell’s city charter says an elected official shall forfeit his office, among other reasons, if he is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. Additionally, removal of Igleheart from his council seat can happen if two-thirds of council members initiate the removal. The council would need to vote unanimously to remove Igleheart, though he would not get a vote.

No action is likely to be taken until the mayor, Jere Wood, returns to the country in early November, Brechbill said. The canceled council meeting will likely be rescheduled for Nov. 1.