On Friday, after being charged with child molestation, a Carrollton school resource officer was arrested and fired.
Jerric Gilbert, 35, of Carrollton, was charged with child molestation and oath violation by a public officer and was booked into the Carroll County jail, according to FOX5.
The allegations were brought to the attention of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, and they were asked to handle the case. Gilbert is accused of encouraging an 11-year-old girl to inappropriately touch him on April 15 at his residence, according to investigators.
Gilbert was immediately fired after an internal investigation by the Carrollton Police Department.
The department wrote in part in a statement released on Friday: “Carrollton Police Department and Carrollton City Schools acted immediately to ensure the safety of students and the school system has taken the appropriate steps to ensure full cooperation with local and state authorities.”
In July 2015, Gilbert was sworn in as a Carrollton police officer. In November 2021, he was promoted to the rank of corporal.