Fayetteville police charge man, 37, with child molestation, cruelty, pandering

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Kenneth Rivera. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Kenneth Rivera. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A Smyrna man is in the Fayette County Jail on charges of child molestation and other offenses in connection with a May 19 incident.

Kenneth Rivera, 37, was charged with child molestation, second-degree cruelty to children and pandering, according to Fayette County Jail records. In criminal law, pandering is the act of recruiting prostitutes, and soliciting clients for prostitutes.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said officers on May 19 at approximately 1:50 a.m. were dispatched to an East Lanier Avenue address.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a juvenile male subject whom advised that his mother was being sexually assaulted in an upstairs room, Burdett said.

After the initial investigation, it was determined that further investigation into the incident was needed, and detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were contacted, Burdett noted.

Burdett said as a result of the preliminary and follow-up investigations, Rivera was charged with child molestation, cruelty to children in the second degree and pandering.

Due to the ongoing investigation of this incident, no additional information will be released at this time, Burdett explained.

Rivera at the time of the Fayetteville warrant was in the Cobb County Jail.