Taylorsville Mayor Cary Wayne Rhodes, 57, was arrested in October in an online sting by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Northwest Georgia Safe Child Task Force. Authorities said Rhodes—a self-employed engineer and secretary and chief financial officer of Taylorsville Baptist Church—was arrested in Chatsworth, where he traveled to meet and have sex with a child he had already met online.
He pleaded guilty last month to one count of computer and electronic child exploitation after avoiding two attempted child molestation charges he had faced, according to the Tribune and Dalton's The Daily Citizen. Rhodes thought he would be meeting a 14-year-old girl, but was jailed with a $50,000 bond.
Rhodes made bond and was released after nearly a week in jail.
"The Rhodes family has been through a lot, and (Cary) is trying to move on with his life," Evans said. "He is still the mayor and has had a lot of community support."
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