McDONOUGH—The Henry County Police Department has arrested a local disc jockey on child molestation charges and says “there is a concern of other possible victims.”
Malcolm Jamal Rhodes, 24, of Hogansville, was arrested following a Nov. 12 investigation and charged with child molestation, sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes. WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the investigation was prompted by a father calling the police.
Rhodes made his first appearance on Nov. 25 and did not have a court date set as of press time, according to a deputy at the Henry County Jail. He remains in custody.
According to HCPD, “The defendant is a contract ‘DJ’ and is affiliated with local venues in Henry County.” Rhodes’ Facebook page shows him working at numerous youth venues, including:
♦ Starlite Family Fun Center of McDonough
♦ Starlite Family Fun Center of Newnan
♦ Hampton Middle School
♦ Trinity Christian School
♦ Central Christian Academy
♦ McDonough Methodist Christian Academy
♦ Thomas Crossroads Elementary School
♦ Fayette County Schools field day
♦ Cleveland Elementary School in Fayetteville
♦ Whitewater Middle School
♦ Crabapple Lane Elementary School
♦ Cub Scout Pack 64
♦ Lullwater Neighborhood
♦ Ola Elementary School
♦ Unity Elemetary School in Luthersville
♦ Inman Elementary School
♦ Locust Grove Middle School
♦ Coweta County Recreation Center
♦ 2017 Cheer Expo, Spalding County High School in Griffin
♦ White Oak/Cannongate 1 Golf Clubs in Newnan
♦ a high school dance at the Newnan Historical Train Depot
♦ a homeschool prom
♦ and numerous private birthday parties.
Rhodes also posted photos and video with the Ola Middle School and Union Grove Middle School football teams, and promoting his “Skate and Worship” religious event. Rhodes’ company, Malcolm Rhodes Entertainment, works birthday parties and school events but did not appear in a check of the Secretary of State’s online directory of Georgia corporations. Several people have left threatening messages on Rhodes’ Facebook page.
Henry County Schools sent out this note to parents:
“We were shocked to learn of this information, but we are working with law enforcement in their investigation. It is our understanding that this DJ may have provided music services at your school before, however, preliminary information provided does not indicate that any of the allegations against this individual pertain to any on-campus activities with the school or district. The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority, and this individual will not be utilized for any future events. If you have further questions, please reach out to your school administrator.”
Rhodes has not been convicted of the charges and, by law, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Anyone with information regarding “suspicious contact with the defendant” is asked to call Henry County Police Detective D. Gray at (770) 288-8266.
If you suspect your child has been a victim of sexual abuse or if you are a child or teenager who has had sexual contact with an adult, visit www.rainn.org for assistance or dial 911.