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Cobb PD officer resigns after allegedly assaulting mentally-delayed woman

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Cobb County Police Officer Robert New, accused of assaulting a developmentally delayed woman during sex at his home in Kennesaw has resigned his position.

New tendered his resignation on Tuesday.

He previously appeared before a judge for the first time in a brief video hearing on June 19 while inside the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Cobb County Police received the complaint on June 16th. They say the woman, whom New met on the internet, is in her 40s, but she has the mind of a 10 to 14 year old girl.

His charges include aggravated assault, criminal solicitation and computer pornography.

"It appears both parties consented, but the activity that took place during the intimate encounter is what brought us to the point of getting warrants on Officer New," said Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register.

The arrest warrant says New, a 13-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department,slapped the woman repeatedly, choked her, and called her explicit names during the encounter.

New was denied bond by the judge who issued his arrest warrant. The judge noted that New could be a threat to the community or a person. He will have to request bond in a Superior Court hearing on July 10th.

CBS46 questioned whether the sexual encounter could be consensual given the woman's mental state.

"That is why we are working with our special victims unit who deals with those types of cases and also working with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office," Register said.

The victim showed officers previous text messages where new allegedly told her quote "I am in charge. I am in control."

Victim's advocate says there is often a power imbalance in abusive relationships.

"There is always going to be that one person that has that power over the other or tries to portray that power over the other," said Paula Gaillard, a victim's advocate with the Atlanta Victim's Assistance Program. "It's that person that has power and money and just the prestige that goes along with their title they tend to use that with victim," she added.

Gaillard says there are warning signs before abuse, such as trying to isolate the victim, belittling them, threatening them and trying to shatter their sense of self-worth.

She says it's important for victims to have a safety plan in place.

"A safety plan is basically having emergency numbers, people that you can call in case you have to flee, let’s say in the middle of the night or in the middle of a situation. Maybe putting some money aside," Gaillard said.

In the City of Atlanta, fire departments can serve as safe havens for people who fear their lives are in danger.

Click here for more information on resources for victims of violence.

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