Former mayor of Trenton, Georgia, arrested for alleged child abuse incident

  photo  Anthony Emanuel

The former mayor of Trenton, Georgia, is facing one count of child molestation in an alleged incident involving a 4-year-old girl.

Anthony Emanuel, 78, was arrested Friday and is being held at the Dade County Jail, according to Dade County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Chad Payne. No bond has been set, he said in a text message.

Payne said the Sheriff's Office isn't aware of any other victims. No further updates on the case were given.

(READ MORE: Rossville, Georgia, man sentenced to life in prison for child molestation in 'grooming' case)

An arrest warrant from Dade County Superior Court described the alleged incident.

The warrant said on or around June 28, Emanuel is accused of taking the child and a dog to a barn on a property in rural Trenton. In the warrant, a Sheriff's Office deputy said Emanuel pulled his pants and underwear down and instructed the child to touch his genitals "and not to stop until he says to."

Family or legal representatives for Emanuel could not be reached by phone before deadline.

(READ MORE: Two Northwest Georgia men sentenced for child molestation)

Emanuel, a resident of Trenton, served two separate terms as the mayor of Trenton.

He first served as mayor from 2003 until 2008 before stepping down to run unsuccessfully for the Dade County executive seat.

In 2011, Emanuel won the city's mayoral race again. He defeated two challengers, including incumbent Barton Harris.

The current mayor of Trenton, Alex Case, was elected in 2015.

(READ MORE: Emanuel wins Trenton mayoral race)

State and county officials with the Division of Family & Children Services could not be reached by phone or email before deadline.

Contact Andrew Wilkins at or 423-757-6659.

Upcoming Events