A bond hearing is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Meriwether County Superior Court for a former Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter who had been arrested on multiple child molestation charges.
According to the Meriwether Superior Court calendar, Kevin John Burkholder, 40, of Gay, faces the following charges — child molestation, felony sodomy, aggravated child molestation, incest, five counts of eavesdropping/surveillance which invades privacy, and 14 counts of sexual exploitation of children.
Tuesday’s hearing is at 9 a.m. and Burkholder’s attorneys are listed as J. Ryan Brown and Charles Cauble.
Burkholder was arrested Aug. 4 and was later fired by the City of Griffin.
Burkholder’s first hearing was Aug. 10 and he was bound over to Superior Court on Aug. 20.
A Griffin woman, Juliana Patel, 35, was also arrested in connection to the case. She was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in September but waived the hearing.
Patel’s charges include four counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, use or installation of device to film underneath or through an individual’s clothing, child molestation, and create or possess with intent to distribute/sell visual medium depicting minor in sexually explicit conduct.
Patel was arrested Aug. 10 on child molestation and aggravated child molestation charges.
According to a Griffin Police Department incident report, Kevin John Burkholder, 38, of Gay, was listed as being involved. Burkholder had been arrested on multiple child molestation charges a week earlier.
According to Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith, on Aug. 4, his administrative command was contacted by an outside agency regarding a possible child molestation that occurred in Meriwether County.
“According to the information received, a juvenile made the outcry to a family member in another jurisdiction and this information was passed onto the outside law enforcement agency,” Smith said in an August statement and added that the offenses were reported to have occurred over an extended time in Meriwether County.
MCSO investigators began conducting the investigation in regard to the reported child molestation that occurred in the northeast portion of Meriwether County. Investigators had forensic interviews conducted along with exams on the reported victim.
The MCSO conducted interviews and executed numerous search warrants related to the investigation.
“The search warrants led to the recovery of electronic data and related information pertaining to this case investigation to include but not limited too — still photos, video and electronic surveillance device components,” Smith said. “Our investigation revealed that some of these video images were captured by means of electronic surveillance in locations with an expectation of privacy.”
More information was revealed that some of the electronic surveillance occurred in another jurisdiction outside of Meriwether County. Investigators then obtained arrest warrants for Burkholder.
The MCSO coordinated with the Griffin Police Department in reference to executing the arrest warrants due to the subject being a Griffin firefighter.
Griffin Fire-Rescue was made aware by the Griffin Police Department there was a valid warrant for Burkholder’s arrest.
Burkholder was transported to the Griffin Police Department, which held him until from Meriwether County officers came and took him into custody.