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May 11, 2012

Taylorsville mayor pleads guilty to ‘traveler’ charge

The mayor of a northwest Georgia town who was arrested for allegedly traveling to Chatsworth to attempt to have sex with a minor child pleaded guilty to an electronic child exploitation charge in Murray County, a court officer said.

Cary Wayne Rhodes, 57, of 46 Euharlee St. in Taylorsville — southwest of Cartersville in Bartow County — was charged in late October by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the FBI with attempted aggravated child molestation and violation of the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Act.

Rhodes pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge William Boyett on Wednesday to one count of computer and electronic child exploitation, said Assistant District Attorney Scott Minter.

“Judge Boyett ordered a pre-sentence investigation and (Rhodes) will be sentenced on June 27,” Minter reported.

Chief Deputy Ray Sitton said Rhodes thought he would be meeting with a 14-year-old girl.

Brian D. Lamkin, special agent in charge of the Atlanta office of the FBI, said after the arrest that Rhodes had “attempted to meet with a minor child for purposes of having sex.” Rhodes was met instead by FBI agents and officers of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Safe Child Task Force in Chatsworth, Lamkin added.

Rhodes was given a $50,000 bond and bonded out of jail in early November. A number found for Rhodes went unanswered on Thursday afternoon.

Amanda Ryker of The Daily Tribune in Cartersville said Rhodes is still mayor, although the newspaper is looking into Taylorsville’s incorporation status. Ryker said Taylorsville has neither a police or fire department nor a city hall. She said the City Council meets in Rhodes’ basement.

Rhodes was listed as the chief financial officer and secretary of Taylorsville Baptist Church after his arrest, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website

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