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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Former Kent County Commissioner reaches plea deal with prosecutors in sex case

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Kent County Sheriff

A former Kent County commissioner will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty this week to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct against former Kent County Commissioner Gary Rolls. He could’ve faced life in prison if convicted on those more serious charges.

Instead, Rolls pleaded guilty to a lesser charge plus illegal use of a computer and tampering with evidence.

Rolls was accused of having sex with a girl with whom he began a relationship when she was 9. The woman is now in her late 20s. His attorney maintains the woman lied about many details of the relationship.

Rolls resigned his county commission seat earlier this year.

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