LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett police corporal and former department spokesperson resigned Tuesday following his arrest last month as part of an undercover prostitution sting at a Barrow County hotel, officials said.
Nine-year department veteran Cpl. Brian Kelly, 46, of Dacula, was arrested on pandering charges the afternoon of May 31 by members of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, who were conducting the sting at a West Athens Street hotel near downtown Winder. The misdemeanor charges involve soliciting an act of prostitution.
Barrow County Detention Center records show that Kelly was incarcerated for three days, until a bonding agency put up $10,000 bond on June 3.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Kelly failed to inform Barrow authorities that he was a police officer at the time of his arrest. And he did not mention the arrest to his supervisor in Gwinnett, which police are required to do immediately, per department policy, Smith said.
Gwinnett police officials first learned of the arrest Monday evening, Smith said.
“As a result of Kelly’s failure to report his arrest to this department, he was served with a letter of intent to terminate his employment,” Smith said Tuesday. “Kelly resigned in lieu of termination this afternoon.”
Kelly acted as a public information officer with Gwinnett police for about two years, ending in late 2010. He’d been employed as a police officer with the department since October 2003.
Kelly was most recently assigned to the south precinct as a patrol officer, Smith said.
The son of a nuclear physicist, Kelly told the Daily Post in an earlier interview that he is married with four children. A former homicide unit detective, Kelly has contributed to high-profile murder cases, including the unsolved slaying of Eva Kay Wenal, wife of a prominent Gwinnett developer, who is now deceased.
The arrest wasn’t the only blemish on Kelly’s record. In late 2010, he was suspended for 80 hours following a complaint of duty regarding his conduct, Smith said.