Community in shock from news of arrest

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM.

"Brenda told me she did not know anything about an investigation prior to the arrest and is in shock," said Anders.

Anders said the State Republican Party in Tallahassee is looking at the charges, but he believes Lane should have an opportunity to defend himself. Anders said he had left a voice message on Lane's phone, but the call was not returned.

"I have gotten calls and some people want to call a special meeting, but I am waiting to hear from Lane," said Anders. "We will know better how to proceed after we hear from him."

Lane, who was named the “Community Walton Man of the Year” in 2011, also serves in high-ranking positions and on boards in the United Methodist Church, and on occasion, he preaches.

Current Walton County Commissioner Cindy Meadows told The Sun she was shocked by the news, but added that all are innocent until proven guilty.

"Unfortunately, there are people in Walton County who have vendettas," she said.

Rees was booked in the Walton County Jail on Monday and faces more than 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of the possession charge as well as the charge of transmission of child pornography.

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