Bond denied for Lindale man arrested on molestation charges

Jeff Carter

Bond has been denied for a former youth volunteer accused of molesting an underage girl.

Jeffery David Carter, 50, of 45 The Trail, Lindale, was arrested last month and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Carter was a former Rome police officer, Floyd County school bus driver and volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and Tiger­Flight in Rome. It was at TigerFlight where police say Carter met his alleged victim.

Sgt. Dan Bickers of the Floyd County Police Department is the investigator on the case. Bickers said during a bond hearing in Superior Court before Judge Jack Niedrach on Dec. 15 that the victim’s family first contacted police on Nov. 1. Carter was arrested on Nov. 17.

Bickers said the girl told police Carter had sexual contact with her, including sodomy, in his home, vehicle and at the TigerFlight facility at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

He is also facing multiple charges in Cobb County including child molestation, sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes and furnishing alcohol to a minor, Bickers said.

“We are aware of him and we are waiting for files from Floyd County,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce, a spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department.

Bickers said the Cobb County incident allegedly took place the weekend of Oct. 16 and Oct. 18, when Carter and his family took the girl to an air show at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

Bickers said that because the last incident allegedly occurred weeks before police were notified, there was no rape kit administered and no physical evidence collected.

“At this point we are simply dealing with allegations,” said Brian McWhorter, attorney for the defendant.

Assistant District Attorney Hal Goldin requested that bail be denied because Carter had “placed himself in a position where he has access to young people.”

Carter had been a substitute teacher for Floyd County Schools but was removed when he could not control the students in a classroom, Tim Hensley, a spokesman for the school system, said in an interview with the Rome News-Tribune.

Bickers said that while Carter was substitute teaching at Pepperell Middle School, he showed two students a pornographic video on his cell phone.

Bickers said Floyd County police were not notified of the incident until after Carter was arrested. One of the students filed a statement with Floyd County police, Bickers said.

Hensley said the school was not notified of the event until after Carter’s arrest.

“He has charges pending in another jurisdiction and pardon my pun, but he is a pilot, he is a flight risk,” Goldin said.

Goldin also pointed out that soon after the arrest Carter’s wife, Tami Carter, called the victim’s family.

“I was just trying to see what was happening,” Tami Carter said during the hearing.

She had requested bail, stating that the family, including two daughters ages 9 and 6, needed Carter at home.

Tami Carter testified that the alleged victim’s family were close friends, and Bickers said the girl had acted as the family’s babysitter.