FAYETTE COUNTY - A Former Tyrone police officer was arrested, accused of child molestation.
Matthew New, 38, of Fayetteville was arrested March 11 by the Fayetteville Police Department on a charge involving child molestation. New faces at least 40 additional charges on related crimes, investigators said.
The former Tyrone officer was initially arrested on a charge of child molestation.
According to investigators, more than one child was victimized. The children were under age 16 at the time of the incidents, investigators said, and one of the children was related to New.
Information from the investigation has resulted in 40 additional charges and of those, New will be charged with one count of sexual battery and multiple counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and multiple counts of child pornography, investigators said.
New's computer was seized during the investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, investigators said.
Officials said New was placed on administrative leave from the Tyrone Police Department immediately when the agency was notified of the investigation by Fayetteville police on Feb. 2.
New resigned from the police department on Feb. 24 while under an internal investigation for unrelated policy violations, police officials said.
New had been with the Tyrone Police Department for about nine years, according to police officials.
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