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Ex-jail officer pleads guilty to smuggling coke to inmates

Ex-jail officer pleads guilty to smuggling coke to inmates

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A former Fulton County Jail detention officer has pleaded guilty to accepting a $650 bribe to smuggle cocaine into the Fulton County Jail.

Authorities said 31-year-old Akil Scott of Lithonia took advantage of his position at the jail to breach public trust in the many honest law enforcement officers in the county.

Scott is the third employee to plead guilty in this case. A former deputy sheriff, 34-year-old Marvie Trevino Dingle of Lithonia, pleaded guilty to extortion and cocaine possession on Nov. 8, and ex-detention officer Derick Deshun Frazier, 32, of Stockbridge pleaded guilty to extortion on Oct. 24.

Scott faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the drug offense, as well as 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for extortion. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16.

DEKALB: Court upholds conviction in 2006 killing

DEKALB: Court upholds conviction in 2006 killing

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a murder conviction and life prison sentence for the man authorities say gunned down a liquor store owner in DeKalb County.

Rodney Ennis Battles was convicted of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault after a trial in the 2006 killing of Sashamer "Rocky" Tucker.

The trial court denied Battles' motion for a new trial. He then appealed to the state Supreme Court, claiming that four errors were made during the trial.

In its decision released Monday, the court rejected all four claims and found that evidence was sufficient to find Battles guilty.

Police said Tucker was shot after driving to his Stone Mountain subdivision with his wife around 1 a.m. on a Sunday after closing Rocky's Package Store near Emory University's campus.

Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A career employee with U.S. Department of Education was arrested for using his work computer to view child pornography.

Clarkston resident Joseph Butler, 66, was arrested Thursday. Investigators said he found a way to work around the filtering software on his computer and download child porn from foreign websites.

Federal agents seized Butler's computer in June after learning of his suspicious activity from network administrators. A subsequent search of the suspect's DeKalb County home in July uncovered more child pornography.

Butler has been suspended without pay during the investigation, according to Patrick Crosby with the U.S. Department of Justice

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County jury has found a 30-year-old man guilty of beating a toddler to death.

Robert Alexander was convicted of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery on Monday.

The two-year-old victim, Diamone Wilson, suffered a lethal head injury while in Alexander's care in July of 2010. She died after three days in the hospital. The medical examiner determined that she also sustained trauma to her arms, liver and pelvis.

"This was a brutal and senseless act by a very violent and dangerous individual," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. "It is extremely disheartening to know that this young girl lost her life at the hands of a reckless and irresponsible adult."

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

ATLANTA -- Five local members of the Sureños, or Sur 13, street gang were sentenced Tuesday on carjacking and firearms charges.

All five defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last December.

"Gang crime strikes a particular fear in communities because of its unpredictable and violent nature," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "These gang members went on a weekend-long armed robbery crime spree that spread across Metro Atlanta and included at least seven carjackings or attempted carjackings, the robbery of a small grocery store and several pedestrian robberies."

Each of the defendants will spend several years in prison.

* Pedro Barrera-Perez, 30, of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 24 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a payment of $19,272 in restitution.

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a missing Wisconsin teenager and her infant son in DeKalb County.

The 15-year-old girl vanished from her Fitchburg, Wis. home in May. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation contacted the GBI on July 13 when they determined the girl and her child were in the Atlanta area.

The two juveniles were recovered from a hotel in DeKalb County on Friday, July 15. A laptop and cell phone were also seized for further investigation.

Police determined the girl was a commercially sexually exploited child. She was taken to DeKalb County juvenile intake, where she is awaiting transport back to Wisconsin.

Her son, who is less than a year old, was taken into the custody of DeKalb County DFCS.