Man Arrested For Public Exposure Turns Out To Be Sheriff
According to police in Atlanta, a County Sheriff has been charged for exposing himself in public and trying to evade arrest. DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was charged with two misdemeanors and obstruction.
The AJC reports that Mann made a statement vowing to clear his name, calling the incident “a misunderstanding”. According to the police report Mann was observed in a part of Piedmont Park known for “sexual acts after dark.”
Mann had exposed himself and was walking in the direction of a police officer, the report states. Once he got within 10 feet, the report continues, the officer turned his flashlight on Mann, identifying himself as police and commanding him to stop.
Mann fled instead, leading the officer on a quarter-mile run before finally giving up. The officer said the sheriff ran across 10th Street and into traffic. “I continued to watch the male run while I waited to cross 10th Street and its traffic near Argonne Street,” the report states. “The male had stopped to tie his shoes. I got approximately 10 to 15 feet from the male before he noticed my approach. The male immediately stopped fixing his shoes and started running again.”
As Mann approached 9th street he noticed he was losing ground to the officer, according to the report, and finally surrendered. The sheriff told Channel 2 Action News that he appreciates Atlanta police and wants to clear up the alleged misunderstanding. He was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center and bonded out early Sunday morning.