The former Kennesaw mayor was arrested in June and charged with child molestation.
According to a source at the Cobb County Magistrate’s Court Warrant Division, Church filed a motion to modify his original bond agreement Thursday. A hearing for the motion was set for August 12.
The hearing has been canceled, though, because the bond modification was signed by Judge Frank Cox, the court’s chief magistrate, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source said they were notified about the modification Monday, but did not know when the order was signed.
The source also said Judge Cox signed the order on the condition Church enter the council chamber through the back door. Additionally, the source siad Church is not permitted to interact with anyone under the age of 18.
Church followed these conditions during Monday’s meeting. He entered through the back of the chamber and took his assigned seat on the dais. While other council members went into the audience to speak with the citizens in attendance, Church busied himself with paperwork and waited for the meeting to begin.
He refused to answer any questions unless they were related to the night’s agenda.
During the meeting, Church remained quiet.
He spoke only once and declined to speak during the portion of the meeting meant for comments from the councilmembers. After the meeting adjourned, he exited through the back of the chamber.
The terms of his initial bond stated he “shall not initiate contact with nor continue uninitiated contact with a child under the age of 16” and “shall have no contact with any child under the age of 16, and shall not linger in any location at which children under the age of 16 are present.”
At the City Council’s work session Wednesday, Church was not in attendance, nor did he call in to participate in the session by phone, as he did at the council’s meeting on July 21. There were children present at the July 21 meeting, however, as members of the Swift-Cantrell Kilometer Kids, a local community organization encouraging healthy lifestyles for children, were in attendance to thank the council for its support of the organization.
There were also children present at Monday night’s meeting. Two Boy Scouts sat in the back of the room, and three teens arrived 10 minutes into the meeting.
Mayor called out by
During the public comment section of Monday’s meeting, Ann Pratt, a Kennesaw resident for more than 30 years, took the opportunity to address a recent exchange between Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Eileen Alberstadt, also a Kennesaw resident.
At the July 21 City Council meeting, the council was discussing the closure of Lewis Street, and Mathews brought up a posting on a social media website he said was written by Alberstadt. Mathews said the post claimed he didn’t care about voters and that he had stated only 678 cars drive on Lewis Street each day. Mathews requested Alberstadt change and correct the online posting.
“There were a couple of different sources that had put out information, one actually was impersonating me, that was brought to my attention by a citizen, who also pointed out that some of the residents believed that I had made those statements directly,” Mathews said Monday night. “And that was inaccurate. And so that had to be addressed.”
On Monday night, Pratt said she believed Alberstadt was “intentionally mocked” by Mathews during the July 21 meeting and said his comments were “out of line.” Pratt also said the matter seemed personal and should have been handled outside the council’s chambers.
Mathews said he addressed the matter during the meeting because the post could be seen by the public and he wanted to address anyone who might have seen it and believed it was his actual position. Because the information expressed online as his was inaccurate, he said, he felt it was important to clarify the issue.
Pratt didn’t take issue with Mathews wanting to clarify the issue, but for the way he did so.
“You directed it directly at her. You said you didn’t know who all (have) seen it, but you directed it directly at her. And if that had been me, it would have embarrassed the heck out of me. I was embarrassed for her. … I’m sorry, Mayor. I respect your office, but I think you were respectfully wrong,” Pratt said.
After the Pratt’s comments, Mathews thanked Pratt for her feedback and said he appreciated her input.
Later, during the portion of the meeting set aside for councilmembers’ comments, Councilmembers Cris Eaton-Welsh, Tim Killingsworth and Debra Williams also thanked Pratt for speaking to the council.