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Judge sentences ex-Kent County commissioner to jail

June 20, 2014
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Gary Rolls. Photo via accesskent.com

A former Kent County commissioner has received a jail sentence and probation after pleading guilty in a sex-abuse case.

Authorities said that 47-year-old Gary Rolls had an inappropriate relationship with a neighborhood girl, starting two decades ago when she was 9 years old.

Circuit Judge Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced Rolls to one year in jail and also gave Rolls five years probation at Thursday's sentencing in Grand Rapids.

He pleaded guilty May 13 to illegal use of a computer, tampering with evidence and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Rolls had been scheduled to stand trial in June on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The victim told the judge she now has "a very hard time trusting people."

Rolls resigned his county commission seat in December.

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