Lanett police officer arrested for having inappropriate relationship with 14-year-old girl

Published 10:13 am Thursday, August 29, 2019

VALLEY — A Lanett police officer has been arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Valley Police Department.

Glenn Edward Caldwell, 24, of Auburn, has been charged with transmitting obscene material to a child, a Class B felony, electronic solicitation of a child, a Class B felony and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, a Class A felony.

On Aug. 16, detectives with the Valley Police Department started an investigation concerning a 14-year-old girl having an inappropriate relationship with a 24-year-old male after questionable texts were found on the juvenile’s phone by social workers, according to the news release from the police. Additionally, police learned the two met over social media.

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Valley Police Major Mike Reynolds said there isn’t any evidence to suggest Caldwell made physical contact with the juvenile.

The police learned of the text messages after juvenile social workers contacted them. 

On Aug. 28, Caldwell was interviewed by Valley police and admitted to the allegation and was arrested.

According to a statement from the Lanett Police Department, it started an internal investigation into Caldwell which revealed evidence of conduct of possible criminal behavior. Lanett police said it was determined Valley had jurisdiction over the criminal matter and were contacted. Additionally, the evidence in the case was turned over to Valley for further investigation.

The internal investigation by the Lanett Police Department ended on Aug. 19, and Caldwell was fired.

Caldwell has been a Lanett police officer since March 28, 2018.

Caldwell has been processed and transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility.