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Monitor removed from child predator suspect

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Lee County, GA (WALB) –  A Lee County magistrate judge ordered an electronic monitor removed from an Albany man accused of being a child sex predator. 

39-year-old Sean Petroff was arrested a week ago at a convenience store on Highway 19 in Lee County. Investigators say he went there expecting to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex. He actually had been communicating with a Lee County Sheriff's Investigator over the Internet.

Petroff was released on $50,000 bond Wednesday. Magistrate court judge Michael Roberts ordered him to wear an electronic monitor, but the next day, Roberts amended the order to remove the monitor over the objections of law enforcers.

"I want to protect the kids of this county, and that's our main goal," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals. "To protect the kids in surrounding counties as well, not just this county."

As part of his bond, Petroff is not supposed to use a computer or have any contact with girls under the age of 18.

Judge Roberts told us on the phone this afternoon that he thought those conditions were enough and the ankle monitor was not needed.


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