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Former Forsyth County Fire Department employee charged with allegedly providing minors with alcohol
Carolyn Jean DeKalb
Carolyn Jean DeKalb

A former administrative assistant for the Forsyth County Fire Department was recently charged with allegedly providing minors with alcohol, as well as possession of marijuana and being in possession of a counterfeit substance. The charges stemmed from a March 20 incident that involved several Forsyth County teens.

Carolyn Jean DeKalb, 49, of Cumming, was arrested Sept. 5 and charged with three counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, three counts of possession, manufacture, delivery, distribution or sale of a counterfeit substances, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of possession of marijuana, all misdemeanors, following “a complaint [that] came into the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office that a student had disclosed inappropriate and potentially criminal activity by Carolyn DeKalb,” according to Sheriff Ron Freeman.

“The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit began an investigation and determined that probable cause existed that she had committed the offense of contributing to the delinquency of a minor through providing alcohol and other items to juveniles on several occasions,” he said. “She was arrested and interviewed by our detectives [and] was later released from the Forsyth County Detention Center on a $3,300 bond and is awaiting trial.”

Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the agency, said the sheriff’s office initially charged DeKalb with the three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, though the county’s solicitor’s office added the seven additional charges after several interviews with her.

During the solicitor’s office hearings, DeKalb allegedly told prosecutors she manufactured the LSD that she gave to the teens, which were two males — 14 and 15 years old at the time.

Rainwater said because the substance could not be confirmed as LSD, prosecutors added the “counterfeit substance” charge.

The Forsyth County News attempted to obtain an incident report relating to the incidents, but was told by Rainwater that “Georgia statute does not allow us to release anything involving a juvenile that contains information about alcohol use, drug use or sexual misconduct.”

DeKalb worked for the fire department until Sept. 7, 2017, two days after her arrest, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers, spokesman for the department.

She was first hired on July 1, 2002 as an administrative specialist and was promoted to administrative specialist, senior, in 2008. She was again promoted in 2015 to administrative assistant.

Shivers said on the day of and the day following DeKalb’s arrest – Sept. 5 and 6 – she did not come into work and was deemed a “no call/no show,” meaning she gave no reason for her absence.

He added she resigned the morning of the Sept. 7 and in her time at the department, “there [was] no mention of any disciplinary infractions in her employment record.”

“The fire department was cooperative” with the sheriff’s office during DeKalb’s investigation, Rainwater said.

FCN could not confirm how DeKalb knew the two teens, and calls to her attorney were not returned.

 This story will be updated.