ATLANTA– A Georgia sheriff has placed himself on suspension after he was busted for exposing himself in a public park and then fleeing from police.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was caught with his pants down late Saturday in a part of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park known for people committing “sexual acts after dark,” Atlanta police said.
According to a police report, Mann had exposed himself and was walking towards and officer. As they got close, the officer turned on his flashlight, and commanded Mann to stop. But Mann fled instead and led the officer on a quarter-mile chase before giving up, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
He was charged with indecency and obstruction.
DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester said the arrest was “certainly not a good headline for DeKalb County.”
She said Mann — who has been with the department for more than a decade and was elected sheriff in 2014 — had always been considered professional, but “now we have this, so I don’t know.”
“We’ll see where this takes us,” she told the paper.
In a memo to his staff, Mann said he had no choice but to place himself on suspension for conduct unbecoming an officer.
“I cannot ask my employees to abide by a code of conduct unless I am willing to subject myself to it as well. In fact, I must be held to an even higher standard than my employees,” he wrote.
Still, he said the suspension didn’t qualify as an admission of guilt and that he planned to defend himself against the charges.