The FBI suspended Hillman after his alleged mistress, Angela Russell, said she chatted online with suspects undercover as part of the investigations. I hope he feels like they were." On Wednesday, Franklin declined to say when that conversation took place.
When David Scroggins, a Rossville detective and a member of the task force, applied for a search warrant in Cobb County Superior Court in October 2012, he did not mention Russell. However, in a recorded conversation with Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin, Russell said she chatted with a target from the Atlanta area who admitted to molesting two girls. He said he could not comment because that information is part of the federal investigation into Hillman's actions.
Scroggins then called Cobb County Police Detective Thomas Bastis, who took over the investigation.
Information about the affidavit came to light as the U. Department of Justice investigates Hillman, the FBI special agent who used to be in charge of the local "To Catch a Predator"-style task force.
Three weeks ago, a Cobb County, Ga., man pleaded guilty to child molestation.
He admitted to inappropriately touching two girls and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
The information is more pertinent in the federal investigation into Hillman.
"While it will certainly be an issue for him if he did not appropriately disclose info or has done other things that have been alleged, that will be an issue for Hillman," Scroggins said.