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Councilman Resigns After Child Sex Abuse Accusation — and There May Be More Victims: Report

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Kent Igleheart
DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

An Atlanta-area city councilman resigned in disgrace this week, several days after police accused him of sexually abusing a teenage girl, according to multiple reports.

Former Roswell, Georgia, City Councilman Kent Igleheart had allegedly been in a sexually abusive relationship with a 17-year-old girl for four years, exchanging explicit messages with her and asking for (and receiving) nude photos, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CBS46 and WSB-TV.

He allegedly had sex with the girl for the first time earlier this year and in the course of the alleged abuse asked for pictures of her breasts, butt and genitals — even commenting on her breast size — according to these reports.

He allegedly discussed masturbation with the girl and also allegedly provided her with alcohol.

“We think there’s a good probability that there are other victims out there,” a DeKalb County police spokesman told the AJC.

“Because of the length of time of this relationship, there’s a good probability that he tried to engage in other activity with others.”

Igleheart was arrested on Oct. 20 in a sting, according to reports: DeKalb police alleged Igleheart thought he was meeting with the teenage girl to have sex with her. In fact, officers had arranged the meeting and had been using her phone for several days, after the girl revealed the relationship to her mother.

(Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

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Igleheart is charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes, furnishing alcohol to a minor and sexual exploitation of a child, according to jail records.

He did not immediately respond to multiple messages seeking comment. He has not entered a plea and has no attorney on file, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Marcus Garner tells PEOPLE.

Records show he was released Monday on a $30,000 bond, and he resigned Tuesday from the Roswell city council in a brief email, according to the AJC.

He was ordered to have no contact with the teenage girl, according to WSB-TV.

Igleheart had reportedly served on the city council for 15 years and has worked as an actor and filmmaker. He directed a film last year about homeless LGBT teenagers which raised money for a local LGBT shelter, according to the AJC.

A Roswell city spokeswoman did not immediately return a message, but the city declined to comment to the AJC.

Local residents had several reactions to the accusations — shock, dismay, even sympathy.

“Whether he’s innocent or guilty, it’s going to be difficult for him to do city business,” one man told the AJC. “He’ll be a distraction.”

“We don’t wish him ill,” a second resident said. “It’s so sad. He was good for the city.”

But a man who said he was Igleheart’s neighbor told the AJC, “If he’s found guilty, they should lock him up and throw the keys away.”