Former sheriff's deputy charged with extortion

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CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – A former Chattahoochee County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested on extortion charges.

According to federal court documents, Kelvin Kitchens has been indicted after he allegedly took money from two people he arrested and in exchange, promised them he would treat them favorably. The indictment says the incident happened in 2008 when Kitchens was still a deputy.

Kitchens is also charged with giving a false statement because, according to the indictment, he lied to an FBI agent about what he did with the money.

Court records also indicate the exchange of money took place in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Department.

Kitchens turned himself in to authorities Thursday. He has plead not guilty to the charges.

He could face more than 3 years in prison if convicted.

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