A DeKalb County police officer was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting a child last year, according to police.
Mr. Manuel Williams, 49, was charged with felony child molestation and placed in the DeKalb County jail, according to booking records.
Mr. Williams allegedly admitted to the charges and offered his resignation, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said on Wednesday that Mr. Williams inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl who was visiting his daughter at his home in September 2012.
The girl did not report the incident to her father until recently, Chief Alexander told reporters.
“The father of the 13-year-old victim reported it to police on Oct. 12,” he said. “It’s very disheartening for all of us here at DeKalb Police.”
Mr. Williams was with the department for 18 years and most recently worked out of the south precinct, police said.
“Records indicate that he’s always carried himself as a stellar officer,” Chief Alexander said, according to the AJC. “This comes as a surprise for us. But we’re going to do what is right by the public and by the police department.”
If convicted, Mr. Williams face between five and 20 years in prison for the crime.
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