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GBI arrests Molena police chief on charges of solicitation of sodomy, theft by conversion

Police Chief Jim Roberts (Photo credit: Pike County Journal Reporter) Police Chief Jim Roberts (Photo credit: Pike County Journal Reporter)
MOLENA, GA (WTVM) -  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Molena Police Chief James Roberts on Wednesday, Oct. 15 after a month-and-a-half-long investigation into allegations that Roberts solicited several young men for sex and used his position as police chief to gain their trust.   

Roberts, who is also the Mayor of Concord, provided one of the young men with his personal code and key to obtain county gas to fill up the young man's personally owned vehicle. 

On Aug. 22, Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Coker of the Griffin Judicial Circuit requested the GBI conduct an investigation into allegations against Roberts. 

The request came after the grandparents of one of the young men allegedly victimized by Roberts reported the information to the Pike County Sheriff's Office. The investigation also revealed Roberts sent obscene pictures to a juvenile on his city phone.

The GBI presented its findings to Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard, who determined Roberts would be charged with two counts of Solicitation of Sodomy and one count of Theft by Conversion.

Following his arrest, GBI agents executed search warrants at Roberts' residence, the Molena Police Department, Molena City Hall, and Concord City Hall.

We will update this story with new information as it becomes available. 

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