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Gary Rolls faces 1st degree CSC charges

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Kent County Commissioner Gary Rolls, 47, was arrested Thursday morning on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Rolls faces four counts of CSC in the 1st degree, one count of using a computer to commit a crime, and one count of tampering with evidence.

The Ionia County Prosecutor is handling the case to remove any conflicts of interest between the Kent County Prosecutor and the Kent County Commission. The Ionia County Prosecutor was appointed by the Attorney General's office to the case.

Rolls was booked at the Kent County Jail just before noon Thursday.

The alleged victim took out a personal protection order against Rolls in September 2012. It expired this past September after she did not extend it.

Court records show the victim claimed abuse started at age 12 and continued until she was an adult. She claims sex acts with Rolls occurred at his house, while on vacation in hotel rooms, in a public restroom, and on Mackinac Island.

The victim also claims Gary was often controlling in what she would wear and pressured her not to wear bras or underwear.

A Michigan State police detective obtained a search warrant for Rolls home and his iPad after Rolls' wife, Dawn, reported that "Gary told her he had set up the remote erase of his iPad,'' according to court documents.

Rolls also obtained a credit card in both their names between 2000 and 2004 in order to pay for hotel rooms and used his credit card to buy gifts for the victim. "Many of these gifts of jewelry were enticements to prevent her from revealing the sexual abuse,'' the detective wrote in the search warrant affidavit. "Rolls took the victim on a trip to Florida in February, 2004 without his wife's knowledge and paid for the airplane tickets with a credit card.''

The woman told investigators Rolls started taking nude photos of her about the time she turned 15 years old. Images were taken using a video camera, digital camera and his cell phone. Rolls kept photos in a safe in his house and on his computer, the woman told state police investigators.

Dan Koorndyk, chairman of the County Board, told WZZM 13 Thursday:"They're serious charges and we're watching just like anyone else to see what happens... this doesn't remove him from office, the only thing that does is if he would resign, or lose an election."

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