Crime

Former Bibb deputy indicted on identity theft, stalking charges

Bibb County grand jurors indicted a former Bibb County deputy Tuesday on charges of identity theft, making harassing phone calls and stalking.

Curtis Ryan Willis, 36, was suspended after his arrest in April and later resigned.

The indictment, filed in Bibb County Superior Court, alleges Willis used the name, picture and identifying information of a woman to send obscene photos and texts to a man and woman April 9.

Willis was arrested April 18 and was released on $4,380 bond the next day, according to jail records.

A news release issued after his arrest explained that the charges stemmed from an alleged attempt by Willis to disrupt the relationship of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

In a separate case, 28-year-old Lawrence Brent Smith was indicted Tuesday on one count of identity fraud.

Smith, who has a Gray address, is accused of using the same woman’s identity April 1 to create a fraudulent Instagram account that he used to disseminate nude digital images of her, according to an indictment.

Smith was arrested May 15 and was released the same day on $2,950 bond, according to jail records.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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