A judge has set a 25-thousand dollar bond for the Henry County Sheriff's captain accused of planning to meet a teenage boy for sex. 53-year old David McCart's made his first court appearance Thursday morning.
McCart has been charged with electronic pornography and child exploitation prevention. The McDonough resident was fired from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.
McCart was taken into custody by DeKalb County police Tuesday night as the result of a nationwide FBI investigation that uncovered the illegal communications. DeKalb County Police Sgt. Torrey Kennedy told WSB-TV that during the two month investigation authorities discovered an individual was contacting the 14 year old boy through a social media website, and later they learned that individual was Sheriff Captain David McCart.
“I treat this guy like anybody else on the street. When you prey on our kids, we’re going to deal with you accordingly. We sent a simple message, no matter who you are,” said DeKalb County police Sgt. Torrey Kennedy.
According to police McCart’s online conversation turned sexually explicit as he had also started texting the boy with plans to meet. They were to meet at a mall, but McCart was met by police instead.
Sgt. Kennedy says a search warrant was obtained to go through McCart’s electronic devices to determine if the he has had contact with other children.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department released a statement on McCart’s arrest:
“When Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer was advised of the facts, McCart was terminated. The Sheriff's Internal Affairs Unit is assisting DeKalb County in this ongoing investigation. Sheriff McBrayer said, "I am deeply saddened by the incident as this disgraceful conduct reflects on all dedicated and professional Law Enforcement officers."
According to sources, McCart had worked in the Henry County Sheriff’s Department for more than 10 years.