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Councilman accused of molesting boy: Man gets life for molesting disabled teen

Leonard Church, 66, is accused of molesting a boy and showing him pornographic material, Cobb County police said.
Leonard Church, 66, is accused of molesting a boy and showing him pornographic material, Cobb County police said.
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A 66-year-old Kennesaw city councilman man was arrested early Friday for allegedly molesting a child and exposing him to pornographic material.

Leonard Leroy Church, who reportedly served two terms as mayor of the north Cobb city, was charged with two counts of felony child molestation and was being held without bond Friday at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, according to Cobb County police.

The alleged crime happened at 2618 Dreux Court in Kennesaw, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said Friday. Investigators said the juvenile told his parents that Church showed him pornographic material and molested him at the suspect’s home.

Police did not release any details on when the alleged crime occurred and they have not said how the suspect knew the victim. They also have not released the victim’s age.

Church, who was first elected mayor in 1999 and served two terms, was arrested around 2:30 a.m., officials said.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the charges and ultimate arrest of council member Church,” current Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said Friday afternoon in an email. “This is a very sensitive, active and ongoing investigation being conducted by Cobb County PD and their Crimes against Children Division.”

Church, who reportedly opened Church Dental Prosthetics in 1987, was elected to the city council last year, and took office in January, according to the city's website. He and his wife share six children and nine grandchildren, the website reported.

Anyone with information or who may have direct knowledge regarding this case is asked to call (770) 801-3470.

Man Gets Life for Molesting Disabled Teen for Three years

A 43-year-old man was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for repeatedly molesting the disabled teenage daughter of his former girlfriend.

A Fulton County jury convicted David Sturgis of aggravated child molestation and child molestation for the on-going sexual abuse of the girl, which started when she was 13, according to the district attorney’s office.

On June 4, 2013, the victim’s mother called 911 to report that her daughter, who is mentally delayed with a severe learning disability, disclosed to her older sister that Sturgis had been performing various sexual acts on her for the past three years, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Marla Robinson said.

The abuse began in late 2010 when the victim was 13 and Sturgis, who was the mother’s boyfriend at the time, was 40, Robinsons said. It continued through May 2013, she said. Sturgis had told the victim not to tell anyone.

During the trial, a woman who was molested by Sturgis when she was eight, testified about what happened to her, Robinson said. The woman, who came forward 23 years after discovering Sturgis had molested another child, described in vivid details how she was molested by Sturgis the summer of 1990 when he was employed by her mother as a camp counselor.

Although, the statute of limitations had been reached with respect to her case, the victim’s testified to ensure that Sturgis, who was known to her only as “Fat Daddy”, did not have the opportunity to hurt another child.

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