Jeremy Jason Roach, 25, of 53 Pegram Circle in Fort Oglethorpe pleaded guilty July 12 in Catoosa Superior Court to three charges of child molestation.
Lynn Gregor, Catoosa County assistant district attorney, said Roach will serve the first 10 years of his sentence in prison. The remainder of his sentence will be served on probation under state sex offense conditions, which will require him to register in his community as a known sex offender.
“That involves no contact with any of the victims named in the investigation as well as several other extremely strict and stringent conditions of probation, down to not owning a computer and things of that nature,” Gregor said.
Under the guidelines of Roach’s sentence, he must serve a minimum of 90 percent of his prison term before he will be eligible for parole, the assistant district attorney said.
Roach was arrested at his home Jan. 4 after two juveniles claiming Roach had molested them prompted Catoosa authorities to launch a two-week investigation of the alleged crimes.
Roach’s eight victims who came forward, male and female, ranged in age from 12 to 15, detectives said.
Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said the case dealt with several areas including physical contact Roach had with the victims and suggestive emails he sent.
Investigators seized computers that contained information, including the emails that were sent and pornographic materials, at Roach’s residence and at Fort Oglethorpe Fire & Rescue Station No. 8.
Roach, who had no prior criminal record, was initially released Jan. 5 on $16,000 bond. He was arrested again Jan. 17 on aggravated stalking charges after he threatened a 15-year-old witness who was to testify against him, investigators said.
As part of his plea-bargain, additional child molestation charges and the stalking charge against Roach were dismissed