An Atlanta law officer was arrested Saturday after being caught in a lewd sex act in a public park. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports police found DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann in a part of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park known for “sexual acts after dark,” according to the incident report. Mann exposed himself, and then ran away from police after they told him to stop.
The officer was on foot patrol inside the park around 11 p.m. Saturday when he observed a man walking towards him, with his genitalia exposed. In the police report, the officer writes, "I allowed the male to get approximately 7 to 10 feet from me before I used my flashlight to shine it on the male. The male immediately fled on foot. I ran behind the male while yelling, ‘Police. Stop!’" According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Mann stopped at one point during the chase to tie his shoelaces, then resumed his attempted escape. After a pursuit that lasted a quarter of a mile, Mann finally surrendered.
Upon his arrest, Mann asked to speak with the arresting officer’s supervisor, who he referenced by name, according to Atlanta’s WSBV Channel 2. After being told the person he named wasn't the officer’s supervisor, he asked to go to his car to get his ID but the officer refused. He was then taken to a precinct downtown and booked on charges of indecency and obstruction.
Mann posted bond and was released Sunday morning. He then sent a statement directly to Channel 2 News, in which he characterized the arrest as a misunderstanding, and said "i am part of law enforcement... appreciate APD & the job that they do." He went on to say he was "working with City of Atlanta to clear these charges." Mann is a former member of the U.S. Air Force, and served as an assistant county attorney in DeKalb County, before winning a special election for sheriff in 2014.
[Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office]