Fort Valley police officer faces charge of enticing child

A Fort Valley police officer is accused of attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a juvenile at a home in Dahlonega in Lumpkin County, authorities said.

Brett Alan Crowe, 33, was charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes, violating his oath of office and computer pornography, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office website.

Lumpkin County is in northeast Georgia.

The arrest Wednesday afternoon was the result of an undercover operation in which Crowe was actually communicating with other law enforcement officers and not with a juvenile, Fort Valley police Maj. Lawrence Spurgeon said.

Crowe, who lives in Greensboro, arrived in Lumpkin County with the alleged “intent to have an illicit meeting with a minor,” Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said.

“Instead, he was greeted with Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office investigators,” Jarrard said.

After Crowe was arrested, investigators learned he was a police officer in Fort Valley, Jarrard said.

Fort Valley police were notified of Crowe’s arrest Wednesday. Crowe, who was hired by Fort Valley police Oct. 1, 2010, was immediately placed on administrative leave without pay, Spurgeon said.

“We are cooperating fully with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office,” Spurgeon said. “This is not something we’re going to tolerate.”

Fort Valley will conduct its own internal investigation once Lumpkin County sheriff’s investigators have completed theirs, Spurgeon said.

Spurgeon said he did not know any other details of the undercover operation in which Crowe was arrested. Jarrard declined to release any additional information.

Spurgeon said Fort Valley police will notify the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council of Crowe’s arrest.

POST certification is required to serve as a law enforcement officer in Georgia.

Crowe was being held Thursday night in the Lumpkin County jail. A bond of $60,100 had been set.

To contact Becky Purser, call 256-9559.