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Mayor Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Sting

Taylorsville Mayor Cary Wayne Rhodes, 57, who was arrested in October, accused of trying to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, is set for a June 27 sentencing.

A Bartow County mayor has pleaded guilty to the electronic exploitation of a child after avoiding another charge he had faced—attempted child molestation.

Taylorsville Mayor Cary Wayne Rhodes, 57, 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 Wednesday to one count of computer and electronic child exploitation, Dalton's The Daily Citizen reports. Rhodes thought he would be meeting a 14-year-old girl, an official told the newspaper, but was jailed with a $50,000 bond.

Rhodes made bond and was released after nearly a week in jail. Following a pre-sentence investigation, he is set to be sentenced June 27.

Two counts of attempted child molestation against Rhodes were dismissed, said his , reports.

"The Rhodes family has been through a lot, and (Cary) is trying to move on with his life," Evans told the newspaper. "He is still the mayor and has had a lot of community support."

Katherine M May 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Under state law doesn't he have to resign his office because of his guilty plea? Also Taylorsville needs to be disbanded. They haven't even been holding elections.
LiberalGuy May 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Somehow he is mayor of a town that really isn't a town.
Mike Hickam May 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Gotta love a comment from a person (liberal guy) that's afraid to use his own name. Of course his "tag" says it all. Coward.
Mike Hickam May 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Hey LiberalGuy, why don't you come on down to the town that isn't and meet a few of the citizens there. I'm sure they would love to meet you.
John June 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Any word on how much time he got today in his sentencing hearing? Also, is there any news about when the special election for mayor in Taylorsville is scheduled? He would have been in-eligible to hold the office in May when he pled guilty, as he became a convicted felon then...not today at sentencing.

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