According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Jeffery Allen Allmond Jr., a former police officer of the Richmond Hill Police Department stands to face a considerable prison sentence after his conviction in federal court for enticing teen girls for sex.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Bobby L. Christine, said that Allmond Jr., 25 was convicted by a federal jury on one count of enticement and coercion of a minor.
Christine said: “This repugnant crime victimized the children of active-duty military personnel while disgracing the badge of a law enforcement officer. Hard time in federal prison awaits those who would engage in such despicable behavior.”
Allmond faces at least 10 years to life imprisonment and must register as a sex offender once he is released. No chance of parole because the federal prison doesn’t allow it for crimes committed after November 1, 1987.
Evidence presented at his trial shows that Allmond, an active Richmond Hill Police Officer at the time, met two teenage girls, ages 15 and 16 on the Tinder dating app and arranged a meetup with them. He communicated with the girls via snapchat to pick them up outside the gate of Fort Stewart at night. The two girls lived there on post.
After the meetup, Allmond proceeded with the two girls to his apartment where he performed sexual acts on both. He later dropped the girls off at Fort Stewart gate later that night. It didn’t end there. Allmond continued to communicate with the girls via snapchat. They met up again at his apartment twice where he performed sexual acts on them again.
The Richmond Hill Police Department fired Allmond after initial charges were filed and asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the case. According to the authorities, The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division also assisted with the investigation.
The spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Chris Grey stated “We are glad that we were able to assist our fellow law enforcement agencies in bringing this individual to justice. We strive every single day to do everything possible to protect our soldiers, civilians and family members.”
According to GBI Director Vic Reynolds, “This law enforcement officer violated his oath of office by preying upon minors he swore to protect. No one is above the law. The protection of innocent victims is a priority in the state of Georgia.”
Chief of Police of Richmond Hill Police Department, Mitch Shores, said that the conviction of Allmond upholds their department’s line of action in suspending and terminating him immediately when the department heard about the allegations. “We take such betrayals of the public trust very seriously and gave full assistance to the agencies that investigated and prosecuted this case,” he said.
Tania Groover, an assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.