ROSWELL, Ga. — Former Roswell City Councilmember Kent Igleheart has pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography, the Department of Justice announced Jan. 8.
“By persuading his minor victims to create and share graphic images of themselves online, Igleheart has caused these children to suffer ongoing and irreparable harm,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “No one expects to see a community leader behave in this kind of heinous manner, and this betrayal of public trust underscores the need for parents to remain aware of how their children are using the internet and social media.”
Igleheart, 54, was arrested October 2016 by DeKalb County Police after investigating inappropriate sexual relations with a 17-year-old. He was still serving on the Roswell council at that time and resigned soon after.
After posting bond, Igleheart was arrested again in March 2017 in Gwinnett County after a grand jury indicted him on additional charges.
According to Pak, Igleheart had maintained an online relationship with the victim ever since she was 13 years old. The victim reported that she had exchanged sexually graphic photographs and conversations with Igleheart, who was posing as a 17-year-old.
Igleheart was caught once he booked a hotel and planned to meet with the victim in person at Northlake Mall. Investigators said he was planning to engage in sexual activity with the victim.
FBI and DeKalb County investigators found explicit photos of underage victims on Igleheart’s phones and computers.
The searches additionally revealed that Igleheart used the online persona “Kent Allen” and presented himself as a teenage boy between the ages of 14 and 17 to numerous teenage girls online. During these conversations, he persuaded and enticed the victims to send him explicit photos.
“There is no sentence that can lessen the harm that has been caused to these young children, but at least this suspect will be stopped from pursuing his egregious acts,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Unfortunately, this is another stark reminder to parents to be extremely vigilant when their children go online and use social media.”
Igleheart’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 26 before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg.