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Monday, August 28, 2006

Police officer guilty of molestation

By Joe Kovac Jr.
Macon Telegraph, GA

A former Eatonton police officer was convicted Sunday of child molestation and sexual exploitation of children in connection with a nude-photo-taking escapade at his home last Labor Day weekend.

Prosecutor Dawn Baskin said a Putnam County jury deliberated about an hour before finding 44-year-old Darrell Sanders guilty on one child-molestation count and three sexual-exploitation charges. Sanders was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each charge.

Last October, a 14-year-old girl went to Putnam sheriff's investigators and said an Eatonton police officer had been "engaged in inappropriate behavior," Baskin said Sunday.

The girl said nude photographs had been taken of her after she'd been given malt liquor and marijuana at Sanders' house.

Darrell Sanders, who had been an Eatonton police officer for about five years, once worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections.


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