Georgia sheriff arrested on indecency, obstruction charges

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 9, 2017

A sheriff was charged with two misdemeanors after exposing himself to an Atlanta police officer late Saturday night and then running away to evade arrest.

"DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann was arrested last night, May 6, 2017, by the City of Atlanta Police Department on charges of indecency and obstruction".

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Mann had exposed himself to an officer in a section of Piedmont Park known for "sexual acts after dark".

The report states an APD officer was patrolling the park on foot when he noticed a man, later identified as Mann, masturbating who then exposed himself to the officer.

Mann said in a statement that he is working with the city of Atlanta to clear the charges, in what he calls "a misunderstanding".

Sheriff Mann is an attorney, who was re-elected to office in 2016 after being victorious in a special election to replace Thomas Brown, who resigned to run for Congress. According to the arresting officer, the suspect then asked to retrieve his identification from his auto, a request the officer denied due to safety reasons. He allegedly led the officer into oncoming traffic on a quarter-mile chase before finally giving up.

One top law enforcement official said if the sheriff is convicted of the charges, he should consider resigning.

At the time, the officer did not realize the person he was watching was the DeKalb County sheriff. "It's embarrassing for DeKalb because it's just really a bad headline". 'The entire sheriff's department, from the deputy sheriffs that patrol the street even to the jailers have a great deal of respect for his leadership'.

Norris said if Mann is found guilty of the charges, he should consider resigning.

"I ran behind the male while yelling 'Police, STOP!,'" the report quoted the officer as saying. I hope there was a misinterpretation. "It is embarrassing", Jester told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We'll see where this takes us'. Brown had pledged to clean up corruption and kickbacks in the sheriff's office during his campaign.

Three of Dorsey's predecessors also had their careers end following criminal inquiries. Ray Bonner, a sheriff in the mid-1970s, was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in his front yard. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

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