gary rolls http://michiganradio.org en Former Kent County commissioner to serve a year in jail for sex crimes against minor http://michiganradio.org/post/former-kent-county-commissioner-serve-year-jail-sex-crimes-against-minor <p></p><p>A former Kent County commissioner will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.</p><p>Gary Rolls resigned his county commission seat earlier this year. He was accused of beginning a sexual relationship with a girl when she was nine. She's now in her late 20s.</p><p>Rolls said nothing before he was sentenced Thursday afternoon. &nbsp;</p><p>In a statement, the victim told the judge Rolls used his position in power to threaten her.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:46:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18080 at http://michiganradio.org Former Kent County commissioner to serve a year in jail for sex crimes against minor Former Kent County Commissioner reaches plea deal with prosecutors in sex case http://michiganradio.org/post/former-kent-county-commissioner-reaches-plea-deal-prosecutors-sex-case <p>A former Kent County commissioner will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty this week to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.</p><p>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.</p><p>Instead, Rolls pleaded guilty to a lesser charge plus illegal use of a computer and tampering with evidence.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:16:54 +0000 The Associated Press 17597 at http://michiganradio.org Former Kent County Commissioner reaches plea deal with prosecutors in sex case Kent County Commissioner resigns to focus on proving 'absolute and complete innocence' http://michiganradio.org/post/kent-county-commissioner-resigns-focus-proving-absolute-and-complete-innocence <p>Gary Rolls resigned from the Kent County Commission today. In a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201312/Statement_from_Mr._Rolls.pdf?__utma=227721857.737606320.1381320433.1386857893.1386864035.261&amp;__utmb=227721857.77.5.1386864784245&amp;__utmc=227721857&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=227721857.1386822951.257.6.utmcsr=facebook.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/l.php&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=96727324">brief written statement </a>to the board, Rolls thanked his constituents for allowing him to serve.</p><p>“I will use this time to prepare for trial to prove my absolute and complete innocence,” Rolls’ letter said. The resignation takes effect January 1<sup>st</sup>, 2014.</p><blockquote><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">“We accepted the resignation of Commissioner Rolls this morning,” said Dan Koorndyk, </font><font face="Times New Roman">Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “We appreciate that he recognizes it is better for the </font><font face="Times New Roman">Board of Commissioners to select a new member who can represent District 4 without distraction</font><font face="Times New Roman">.”</font></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:58:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15656 at http://michiganradio.org Kent County Commissioner resigns to focus on proving 'absolute and complete innocence'