No charges expected after search of ex-Fort Oglethorpe officer's home

No charges expected after search of ex-Fort Oglethorpe officer's home

February 21st, 2019 by Tyler Jett in Breaking News

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said this morning that the agency does not expect to file charges against a former Fort Oglethorpe officer, whose home they searched in October.

"[The case] has not been closed but it will be closed," Director of Public Affairs Nelly Miles told the Times Free Press in an email.

The GBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant on the officer's home on Sage Brush Lane in Rossville on Oct. 16. The GBI did not name any suspects at the time or explain why that particular unit, which often investigates child pornography, was at the home.

After the search, Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Mike Helton suspended the officer. Ten days later, Helton fired the officer.

The officer began working for the department in August and was still on a probationary period. 

About two weeks before the GBI's search, according to department records, Helton cited the officer for violating policy. In particular, the officer showed up to work with dyed pink hair. The officer also kept a Facebook page "that did not portray the professional image of an officer employed by this department," including having friends of "questionable character."