New details about events that led to Dalton police oficer’s arrest

DALTON, Georgia(WDEF) – There is new information about the Dalton police officer who was arrested and charged with child molestation.

According to the arrest affidavit, the mother of the victim told authorities she found a disturbing note written by her daughter. The note reportedly talked about Officer Tolbert kissing and touching the girl; and even telling her not to tell anyone.

According to the affidavit, The alleged crime occurred at an apartment in Dalton.

The victims mother told police Tolbert was dating one of her relatives and spent the night four times while he was going through the hiring process with the Dalton Police Department.

The affidavit also says on one occasion, the victim woke up only to find Tolbert standing over her bed taking pictures.

Since his arrest, the Dalton Police Department has been very transparent about how Tolbert became an officer.

"For our community sake, I want to stress that our department uses a very stringent background and hiring process that usually takes quite a few weeks. During a check of Mr. Tolbert’s background, we didn’t see anything that might have predicted a charge like this in the future," said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker.

Officer Tolbert remains on administrative leave while the city continues the process of his termination.

The officer had only been on the job since September.

He is now out of jail after posting pond.

Categories: Crime, Local News, Whitfield County

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