This morning, the Dalton Police Department arrested Troy Lamar Keeler, 34, of 615 Peachtree Street on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure stemming from an incident earlier this month. The arrest came in part as a result of investigation and teamwork with probation officers from the Georgia Department of Corrections.
The incident happened on September 20th when three teenage girls walking along Underwood Street near Frederick Street reported that a man pulled up next to them in a Green Oldsmobile Intrigue and exposed his genitals and began masturbating. The victims were able to get a partial license plate on the car as he left and called 911.
Each week, the officers assigned as district commanders for the city’s three police districts hold a meeting with DPD supervisors and investigators along with investigators from other agencies, including probation officers from the Department of Corrections. This case was discussed at one of the district meetings. Later, probation officers following up with Troy Keeler on a probation visit found a vehicle matching the description and partial tag number at his residence. Keeler matched the description of the suspect. GPS data retrieved from his monitoring ankle bracelet confirmed that he was in the area of the incident at the time of the 911 call. Investigators obtained warrants for his arrest, and they were served this morning. He is charged with three counts each of child molestation and indecent exposure.
Keeler is a registered sex offender and has two previous convictions for enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation from a case in 1998. He was most recently released from prison on August 26, 2011. A picture of Keeler is included with this release.
Anyone who may have experienced a similar incident with this suspect is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137.
Below: Troy Lamar Keeler