Cop accused of child molestation
10/25/2013, 6 a.m.
Bond for former DeKalb County Police Officer Manuel Williams, charged with child molestation, has been set at $10,000.
DeKalb Police say Williams, 49, confessed to inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl who was visiting his daughter in his home in September 2012 and that he resigned from the force.
He is being held at the DeKalb County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in DeKalb Magistrate Court on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.
The teen’s father reported the incident on Oct. 12 after his daughter told her mother in a recent letter that Williams showed her pornography and tried to undress her.
Williams was arrested on Oct. 23 and charged with one count of child molestation.
Police Chief Cedric Alexander said it’s disheartening.
“It’s very hurtful for all of us here at DeKalb anytime we have an officer who goes outside of the law,” he said.
Williams, who worked most recently at the South Precinct in Decatur, was an 18-year department employee.
Before setting bond Thursday, DeKalb Magistrate Claire B. Jason read the allegations against Williams.
“The accused allowed the victim to view pornography with him, kissed her on the neck, touched her and tried to undress her,” Jason said.
Williams’ attorney, Gerald Griggs, told Atlanta media that his client was innocent and did not resign or give a statement.