PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida — An Alabama police chief has been busted for allegedly fondling himself in an elevator in front of strangers and masturbating as he followed teen girls down a Florida beach.
Billy Maurice Driggers, 44, who is the chief of police in Level Plains, Alabama, was charged in Panama City Beach in Florida on four counts of disorderly conduct.
Police there say they first got a call last week about a suspicious person at a condo complex. There guests had told security that they saw a man masturbating as he watched women.
Police eventually identified Driggers as the suspect and determined that he was not a registered guest of the condo nor did he have any reason to be there, police said, AL.com reported.
A review of surveillance footage from the property showed Driggers using the elevators at the resort and on three occasions appeared to have his hand down his pants, masturbating in front of women and children, police said.
Driggers was also accused of masturbating while walking behind teenage girls on the beach and filming or taking photos of the girls rinsing off in the outside showers, police said.
Investigators said they were not able to determine an instance where Driggers’ exposed his genitals. “However, Driggers’ actions were found to be obscene and sexually deviant in nature,” the statement read.
Driggers has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
“The city of Level Plains will be cooperating and assisting with the ongoing investigation with Alabama and Florida law enforcement agencies. In the interim during Driggers absence, another police officer will be appointed to serve as the acting police chief pending the resolution of the investigation,” city officials said in a statement.
Driggers has been police chief for Level Plains since June of 2016.