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City officials, residents respond to councilman's sex charges

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A metro Atlanta politician is in jail, charged with crimes against children and is still getting taxpayer money.  It was the talk of the town in Roswell on Monday.

“Right away, the neighbors started telling each other this happened. This is serious and I’m a mother and I’ve got a 15-year-old daughter and I’ve got an 11-year-old daughter, so it makes me as a mother wonder what’s going on in this town that this was even allowed,” resident Kim Van Beuren said.

Council member Kent Igleheart is charged with enticing a 13-year-old girl for sex. The two shared nude photos and even met at a hotel during their 4-year relationship while Igleheart was married. 

Ian Mari responded in disgust. He’s the president of Igleheart’s Roswell neighborhood.

”If he’s found guilty, lock him up.” Mari said. “It’s just totally embarrassing for the city to be very honest with you. He’s an elected officer as I’ve said before and elected officers should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us.”

Igleheart is not only a council member, he’s the mayor pro-tem and his profile remains on the city’s website even though he’s locked up in jail. One of Igleheart's colleagues on council, Nancy Diamond, released the following statement.

"If the charges are true, they are extremely disturbing, to say the least.  As a parent, it's painful to think about what the victim and both families are going through. As a resident and council member, it's disappointing that a spotlight is on our city for this reason.”

“The fact that this is an underage girl with an adult man who is a public official, who is important and one step away from being a mayor, that’s really important,” Van Beuren said.

But according to the city charter, the mayor and other council members are limited in the action they can take unless Igleheart is convicted.

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood also responded while on vacation overseas with his family. He released the following statement.

“The City of Roswell takes the conduct of its elected officials seriously.  They are held to the highest of standards. If the allegations against Councilman Kent Igleheart are true, the Mayor and Council will take the appropriate action per the City Charter.”

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