A Cobb police officer accused of assaulting a mentally-delayed woman during sex now faces additional charges of attempting to solicit a 12-year-old girl for sex, according to a new warrant.
Robert Lanier New was arrested Monday night on charges of simple battery and aggravated assault, according to Cobb Police Chief Michael Register. On Thursday, Cobb police announced New has also been charged with criminal solicitation and computer pornography – wireless internet, meaning he allegedly tried to use an electronic device to commit child molestation or another unlawful sexual offense against a child.
According to the new arrest warrant, filed by Cobb police on Thursday, New allegedly texted an adult woman asking to have sex with the woman and a 12-year-old female relative of the woman.
A text was allegedly sent May 31 and a second text on June 12, according to the warrant.
New, who has worked as a Cobb police officer since February 2005, remains in custody at the Cobb jail without bond, according to jail records. New attended Sprayberry High School and resides in Kennesaw, according to a Facebook page.
Earlier this week, New was accused of slapping a 44-year-old woman who had the mental capacity of a 10- to 14-year-old while engaging in a sex act with her at his home in the 300 block of Hawkins Store Road, just east of Interstate 575 in March, according to an arrest warrant and an investigation report.
New also allegedly strangled the woman during the incident, according to the warrant. Investigators believe New likely met the woman online and that both consented to sex but not the alleged violent acts that took place during, Register said in a press conference Tuesday.
“It is disturbing,” Register said. “But the activity that took place during the intimate encounter is what brought us to the point of getting warrants on Officer New.”
The woman disclosed details of the attack during a forensic interview, during which she was “visibly shaking due to fear,” according to the warrant said.
New also allegedly sent text messages to the woman where he called her derogatory names following the incident, with such messages coming to her phone as recently as May 31. Other messages contained statements such as “I am in charge, I am in control,” according to the warrant.