DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann is seeking an acquittal in his public indecency case.
According to a police report, Mann allegedly exposed himself in Piedmont Park then fled from an officer before he was arrested on May 6th.
Following his arrest, Mann publicly denied any wrongdoing, and pleaded not guilty in court. However, he did suspend himself from his duties as sheriff for a week.
“The mere fact of placing myself in a position to be arrested is sufficient reason for this self-imposed discipline,” wrote Mann, in a memo composed to the employees that work for him in Dekalb county.
Governor Nathan Deal took matters into his own hands and imposed a 40-day suspension.
Because of the discipline already handed down by Gov. Deal, Mann and his attorney, Noah Pines, are requesting that the judge acquit him of all charges, citing double jeopardy.
Judge Crystal Gaines is presiding over the case and has yet to make a ruling.
Although the charges against Mann are troubling for some, he will likely retain his job as Sheriff of Dekalb county.
“There are many laws in place that make it difficult to remove any elected official,” said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, second vice president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.
Mann is the 49th sheriff of DeKalb County and has served the Sheriff’s Office for ten years.
Captain Ruth Stringer has been named the Interim Sheriff during Mann’s suspension.
His trial is scheduled for Thursday, July 27 in Atlanta Municipal Court.
WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta.