We need a bit of help here from readers.
As you can see the below letter was put in today to the other 4 City Council members in Kennesaw, Ga.
I hope it will get some results and they will ask/demand that Councilman Church now resign. BUT, it would help if you could drop a line to any or all of the Council and Mayor on this topic.
The mayor is on top, the other 4 are on the Council:
To: June 15, 2015
___ C. Welsh, Councilmember
___ T. Killingsworth, Councilmember
___ D. Williams, Councilmember
___ J. Sebastian, Councilmember
Leonard Church and his continuing tenure on the Kennesaw City Council
June 27th is the one year anniversary of the past Mayor and Currently serving City Councilman's arrest for 2 Counts of Child Molestation for the May 9, 2014 actions which took place at his Dreux Court home in Kennesaw.
In the 5/9/14 Count 1, Aggravated Child Molestation charge, he is said to have touched, rubbed and stroked a 9 year old child's penis, causing injury and physical pain to the child.
In the 5/9/14 Count 2, Child Molestation charge, he is said to have showed the child pornographic material on a computer at his home.
These actions led to his 6/27/14 arrest and further investigation by the Cobb Police Dept. resulted in 4 additional counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Count 3 dates from Oct. 19, 2006 and says that he possessed material depicting a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct by exhibition of the child's genitals,
Count 4 dates from Oct. 23, 2006 and says that he possessed material depicting a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct by exhibition of the child's genitals,
Count 5 dates from Nov. 15, 2006 and says that he possessed material depicting a minor female engaged in sexually eplicit conduct by exhibition of the child's genitals,
Count 6 dates from May 15, 2014 and says that he possessed material depicting a minor male engaged in sexually explicit conduct by exhibition of the child's genitals.
On Jan. 8, 2015 the Grand Jury Indicted Church on these 6 counts. The State recommended no bail for Mr. Church, however, bail was set at $20,000.
The actions of Mr Church, over these 8 years, both while Mayor in 2006 and last year as Councilman are so serious that the Citizens of Kennesaw are being poorly served by Mr. Church's remaining on the City Council.
The Kennesaw City Council needs the services and attention of all 5 of its Council members, not 4 members and one distracted by the possibility of Pedophile convictions which may result in sentences of 125 years in prison.
While Mr. Church is ably represented, and entitled to the presumption of innocence, the Citizens interests must also be served. The City administration's continued indifference in this matter is not in the best interests of the orderly administration of local government or the safety of our residents and their children.
A correspondent relates to me in an email of 6/10/15 as follows:
"I spoke to some city council members on the phone this morning. They gave me the hands our tied, blah,blah,blah. One in particular was seeming as if Mr Churchs charges were all hear say."
While it is to late for the City to 'get in front of' this issue you should be aware that this Fall the matter will be in the news again for either the trial or plea bargain and the resulting press reports will not be favorable to the City if they continue to report that a 'former mayor and serving Council member' is facing 125 years in prison on Pedophile charges. It would be somewhat better if reports referred to a 'former mayor and City Council member'. Either way such reports will give Kennesaw a black eye but having such references say 'former' are better than saying: 'currently serving'.
All the filed Superior Court documents and press reports are available at: http://leonardchurch.blogspot.com/
The 4 City Council members, mayor, City Manager and City Attorney are asked to immediately take up this matter and ask Mr. Church to resign from the Kennesaw City Council so that the City can fill the remainder of his term in the coming November elections.
Bill Harris, Kennesaw
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