A former Richmond Hill Police Officer has been convicted of enticing a minor in federal court after a jury found him guilty this week.
Jeffrey Allen Allmond, Jr, 25, of Richmond Hill was indicted on one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, a 15-year-old. He now faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender after his release, if he is not sentenced to life. There is no parole in federal prison.
The charges stem from an investigation first requested by the Richmond Hill Police Department and conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) provided assistance during the investigation because of the proximity and connection to Fort Stewart.
According to a press release issued Wednesday, Allmond, then a police officer, “met two girls, ages 15 and 16, via the Tinder dating app. Allmond then communicated with the girls through Snapchat and arranged to pick them up in the middle of the night outside the gate of Fort Stewart, where the two lived on post. Allmond then drove the teens back to his apartment and performed sexual acts on both of them. Later that night, Allmond returned the girls to the Fort Stewart gate. Allmond continued communicating with the girls through Snapchat and met up with them twice more at his apartment where he performed sexual acts on them.”
The press release issued by Bobby Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, did not indicate that any of the acts occured while Allmond was on duty.
“This repugnant crime victimized the children of active-duty military personnel while disgracing the badge of a law enforcement officer,” Christine said in the news release. “Hard time in federal prison awaits those who would engage in such despicable behavior.”
“We are glad that we were able to assist our fellow law enforcement agencies in bringing this individual to justice,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. “We strive every single day to do everything possible to protect our soldiers, civilians and family members.”
“This law enforcement officer violated his oath of office by preying upon minors he swore to protect,” said GBI Director Vic Reynolds. “No one is above the law. The protection of innocent victims is a priority in the state of Georgia.”
Allmond was terminated from the Richmond Hill Police Department after charges were filed.
“This conviction validates our department’s actions in immediately suspending, and then terminating, Allmond when the allegations came to our attention,” said Richmond Hill Police Chief Mitch Shores. “We take such betrayals of the public trust very seriously, and gave full assistance to the agencies that investigated and prosecuted this case.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tania Groover prosecuted the case for the United States.