Kennesaw councilman charged with child molestation released on bond
by Hilary Butschek
June 28, 2014 04:31 PM | 3166 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leonard Church
Leonard Church
KENNESAW — Kennesaw City Councilman Leonard Church, charged with child molestation, was released from the Cobb County Jail on bond Saturday morning.

Church, who is a former Kennesaw mayor, used A 24 Hour Bonding in Marietta to pay his $10,000 bond, and he was released from jail at 10:26 a.m. Saturday, according to the jail log.

Church, 66, was arrested at 2:50 a.m. Friday and charged with two counts of felony child molestation.

The councilman did not respond to calls from the Marietta Daily Journal.

Detectives say a 9-year-old boy told his parents Church allegedly showed him pornographic materials on a computer and molested him at the councilman’s home.

Cobb Police Officer Mike Bowman said the case started when the boy came forward Thursday night about the alleged incident. It is unknown if there are other victims at this point. Police did not say if the victim is related to Church.

On Saturday, Bowman said there were no updates on the investigation.

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Bill in Kennesaw
June 28, 2014

Due to recent developments with one of the Kennesaw City Councilmen it isn't to much of a stretch to opine that there will shortly be a resignation and one Council seat will be up for grabs.

In such circumstances " a special election shall be held within a period of 45 days after the office becomes vacant" This per CODE OF ORDINANCES, City of KENNESAW, Sec. 2.08. Vacancy in office of mayor or council.

Stripped of all the excess verbage, the below is what will happen if Councilman Church resigns:


Sec. 2.08. Vacancy in office of mayor or council.

(a) A vacancy shall exist if . . . a councilmember resigns, . . . or is convicted of malfeasance in office or of a felony.

(b) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of a member of the council . . . the vacancy shall be filled in the following manner: . . . the vacancy shall be filled by a special election pursuant to a call of a special election as provided by this Charter. . . a special election shall be held within a period of 45 days after the office becomes vacant . . . the existing vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired terms in a special election.

The name of one long time resident and commentator on the needs of Kennesaw has been put forward by various people. Some of his comments prior to the last Council election are found at:

If you want to know the name, take a look at the site, if he has time to take up the position I think he would win with no problem.
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