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Accused cop waives hearing

By Ed Brock

A Jonesboro police officer charged with child molestation waived his preliminary hearing in the case on Thursday.

Kenneth Jerome Alexander, 41, of Hampton is also charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and violation of his oath of office in connection with the incident. According to the warrant against Alexander he fondled two 14-year-old girls and took pictures of the girls' breasts.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Alexander on March 2 after acting Jonesboro Police Chief Robert Thomas asked for an investigation into the accusations.

The incident is supposed to have occurred in December.

Alexander's attorney Lee Sexton said his client waived the hearing after the Clayton County District Attorney's Office agreed to give them a copy of an audiotape made during the GBI's investigation.

Sexton said the tape was made when one of the girls involved agreed to approach Alexander as part of the investigation while wearing a recording device.

"The tape is precisely what my client said it is and we are ready for trial and sure my client will be found not guilty of any offense," Sexton said.

Just prior to his arrest Alexander had served his first week as a SRO at Jonesboro Middle School, but Thomas and the GBI have said that charges do not stem from any incident connected with the school.