DeKalb County, Ga., Sheriff Jeffrey Mann suspended forty days after arrest in park

June 15, 2017: DeKalb County, Ga., Sheriff Jeffrey Mann has been suspended for forty days, effective on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, after Mann was charged last month, May, 2017, with indecency for allegedly exposing himself in a city park. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order that initiated the suspension. A committee made up of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and two other county Sheriffs, which was formed to investigate the charges and alleged misconduct, recommended the suspension last week, the week of June 4-10, 2017. According to the incident report from the Atlanta Police Department, a bicycle patrol officer spotted a person, later identified as Mann, late on May 6, 2017, in a section of Piedmont Park "known for sexual acts after dark," the arresting officer wrote. Mann was also charged with obstruction of an officer. Both charges are misdemeanors. He was released from the Atlanta jail on bond after his arrest. He has pleaded not guilty. Mann told WSB-TV that the arrest was a misunderstanding. Mann, a lawyer, has worked at the Sheriff's Office since 2001. He was appointed Sheriff in 2014 when his predecessor, Thomas Brown, resigned to run for Congress. Mann remained in office after he won an election in 2016.

Attribution: CNN, WSB-TV

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