- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - A Roswell City Council member who works as an actor has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child for indecent purposes, police said Friday.

Kent Igleheart, 53, was apprehended Thursday by the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit. He had rented a hotel room at a Days Inn to meet with the girl, and was arrested at nearby Northlake Mall, authorities said.

Igleheart had an online relationship with the girl since she was about 13, DeKalb County police said. He exchanged nude photos with the child during that time, they said. The girl is now 17.

Igleheart didn’t immediately return telephone and email messages left at his city council office. It wasn’t known Friday whether he has an attorney who could be reached on his behalf.

“We don’t have all of the information, so we are not commenting on the arrest of Councilman Igleheart,” Roswell city spokeswoman Julie Brechbill said.

Igleheart remains a city council member, she said Friday afternoon.

Igleheart is an actor, writer, producer and voice-over artist who has appeared in more than 60 films, TV shows, commercials and corporate training videos, according to his profile on Roswell’s city website. Igleheart previously owned an environmental consulting firm dealing with alternate modes of transportation, alternative fuel vehicles and watershed protection and restoration, his profile states.

He is also a past executive director of Scenic Georgia, a statewide nonprofit that promotes conservation and community preservation. He has also served on the boards of the Georgia River Network and the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the city’s website states.

“We will not tolerate these types of crimes against our children,” DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander said in a statement.

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