The day trial was scheduled to begin, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery Mann entered a plea deal to charges derived from his May 6th arrest for exposing himself in Piedmont park.
Following his arrest, Mann was originally charged with public indecency and obstruction of justice. The indecency charge was dropped as part of the plea deal reached with prosecutors. Mann alternatively pleaded guilty to prohibited conduct in addition to the original obstruction count.
Furthermore, Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Crystal Gaines banned Mann from all city of Atlanta parks for six months, ordered him to pay $2,000 in fines and complete 80 hours of community service.
According to reports, Mann has already completed community service by volunteering for Hosea Feed the Hungry.
Sheriff Mann returned to his position in Dekalb as the county’s top law enforcement officer Monday, following a 40-day suspension issued by Governor Nathan Deal.
Before Governor Deal’s suspension, Mann suspended himself for a week without pay.
Earlier this month, Mann and his attorney Noah Pines asked the judge for an acquittal in the case because he was already reprimanded by Deal citing the “double-jeopardy” clause.
Until Thursday’s guilty plea, Mann maintained his innocence.
Mann is the 49th sheriff of DeKalb County and has served the Sheriff’s Office for ten years.
Unless Mann’s license is revoked or voters petition to recall him from office, the sheriff will likely retain his position following his re-election to a four-year term in November.
WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta.