Igleheart was, instead, met by police officers who had been monitoring the teen’s cellphone for a few days after she confided to her mother about the relationship, according to the paper.
Igleheart, who was once included in the Georgia Trend magazine’s list of “40 Under 40,” has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child for indecent purposes, both felonies, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor, according to online court records.
Police say Igleheart had been sending sexually explicit messages and receiving nude photos from the girl through a messaging app called Kik, and that he had sex with the girl for the first time earlier this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. According to a warrant cited by the paper, Igleheart told the teen he had feelings for her.
The day of his arrest, Igleheart had booked a room at a Days Inn, located near the shopping center, in Tucker in DeKalb County, about 20 miles away from Roswell, Ga.
Police do not know how Igleheart met the teen.
A spokesman for the DeKalb County Police Department did not return a call from The Washington Post on Saturday.
DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that investigators believe Igleheart had sexual relations with other minors.
“We think there’s a good probability that there are other victims out there,” Fore said. “Because of the length of time of this relationship, there’s a good probability that he tried to engage in other activity with others.”
City officials have declined to comment on the arrest.
Janet Russell, a Roswell resident, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that many were “flabbergasted” by the arrest.
“This was not Mr. Gadabout,” Russell said. “He’s just kind of a quiet guy.”
The Post was unable to reach Russell on Saturday.
Some took to Facebook to express their shock.
“Noooooo. OMG! Whyyyy, Kent?!!! I am so sad. This breaks my heart,” one woman said in a comment on Igleheart’s Facebook page.
“Is this true? I can’t believe this. I saw it on the news and am stunned,” another woman said.
According to his biography posted on the city’s website, Kent is an actor, writer, producer and voice-over artist who has appeared in more than 60 films, television commercials and corporate training videos. He played a role in the Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Swamp Murders” and “The Last Punch.”
Last year, he wrote, produced and directed a short film about LGBT teenagers, titled “Unconditional,” which received a nomination from the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival and an award from Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival.
According to the film’s website, it raised money for Lost-n-Found, a homeless shelter for the LGBT community in Atlanta.
“I thought that this was a story that had to be told. I also had a long-standing desire to tackle the whole issue of LGBT and religion. There are so many conflicts and contradictions in the overall subject that it is a great subject matter for film,” Igleheart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year.
Igleheart was first elected in 2001. His current term ends on Dec. 31, 2017.
Igleheart, who is being held in DeKalb County Jail, appeared in court on Friday. His bond was set at $30,000, according to media reports.