Rhodes was arrested Thursday after coming to the attention of undercover officers of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Safe Child Task Force. The arrest was made after Rhodes attempted to meet with a minor child for the purposes of committing sexual acts.
Rhodes has been charged by the state with criminal attempt to commit child molestation and computer or electronic pornography and child exploitation.
Aggravated child molestation is defined as “when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy.”
According to the Georgia Codes, a person convicted of aggravated child molestation may be punished by imprisonment for not less than 10 years and no more than 30 years.
A self-employed engineer, and Taylorsville Baptist Church’s secretary and chief financial officer, the small town mayor has been denied bond by a magistrate court judge and is currently being held in the Murray County jail.