Sex crimes: Serving one’s community in the capacity of a city council member is considered by many to be a worthwhile endeavor. Being accused of criminal wrongdoing while serving on a council, however, may not only ruin a person’s reputation but also cause immediate and long-lasting consequences, even before the court addresses the situation. A 53-year-old man in Georgia is facing such charges for alleged sex crimes he committed with a teenage girl.

The council member is suspected of having had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Authorities claim the relationship has been ongoing since the girl was age 13. Her mother is said to have reported the relationship between her daughter and the man to police.

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At the time of this writing, the man had not been removed from his position on the city council. Spokespersons for the city said they have not yet gathered enough information about the situation to make any sort of decision. A two-thirds majority vote would be necessary to remove a council member from service. One councilman said that any member convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude then forfeits his or her position.

Anyone in Georgia or another state who is charged with sex crimes is able to fight those charges by retaining experienced defense assistance. There have been many instances in which charges are later dropped or dismissed by the court. Such dismissals often come about after defense attorneys alert the courts of evidence that renders the charges invalid. A defendant who believes that a particular situation is unfounded can seek immediate guidance to determine how best to proceed to seek a dismissal.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Roswell councilman Ingleheart accused of 4-yar relationship with teen”, Steve Burns and Areille Kass, Oct. 21, 2016