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Businessman charged with molestation

Charles Skrobot

Charles Skrobot

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department has arrested businessman Charles L. Skrobot and charged him with child molestation.

Skrobot, 57, who lives at 2167 Raphael St. and who operates Town Center Breads on Church Street and Town Center Breads Cafe in Clark's Grove, was charged in connection with an alleged Sept. 26 incident involving a 4-year-old, according to Detective Sgt. Mike Tinsley, who said the victim is a relative of the family.

Tinsley said the parents of the young girl found out about the incident and questioned the child, who confirmed it. She was taken to a hospital and medical personnel there notified the CPD, Tinsley said.

Tinsley said a forensic interview was conducted by personnel trained in interviewing young children at A Child's Voice, a child advocacy center in Loganville, as is the case with all molestation allegations involving very young victims,

"After that we take it to the next level -- if there's any evidence to go collect from that point, if there's anything we missed, or anybody in addition that needs to be talked to -- a witness or someone who knows information, we'll do that," he said. "Then the last thing is to interview him and that's what I did. We spoke about what we had with the District Attorney's Office ... and decided to go forward with the child molestation charge."

Skrobot was arrested Oct. 5, and two days later resigned his position as a member of the Covington Redevelopment Authority. He sent the following letter via e-mail to City Planning Director Randy Vinson and fellow board members:

"Due to some very serious personal issues that have come to light lately in my life, I find it necessary to resign my position on the Covington Redevelopment Board. I feel that these issues may embarrass the board and impede its work. I have enjoyed working with all of you and feel it a great privilege to have been a part of your great progress and accomplishments to date. Looking forward to watching it all work out for the betterment of this good city and its good people."

Vinson said Skrobot was appointed in August 2009 for a three-year term. A replacement has not been named.