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Georgia: Sheriff suspends itself after indecency allegation

ATLANTA – A sheriff in Georgia recently arrested by an officer who accused him of herself naked in a park has suspended himself for a week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann by e-mail to sheriff’s office employees Tuesday, saying that he is the maximum punishment imposed for conduct that “tends to destroy public respect.” His suspension starts on Saturday.

Mann was arrested on 6 May after an Atlanta police officer said Mann exposed himself in a park and led the officer on a chase. Mann faces charges of ordinance violation of indecency and obstruction. Mann said the suspension is not an admission of guilt.

A panel appointed by gov. Nathan Deal is the investigation of Mann. Mann’s lawyer is asking a judge to stop with that probe, saying that he was not accused of official misconduct.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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