Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself makes plea deal

Posted at 9:05 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 21:05:50-04

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park pleaded guilty Thursday to violating two city ordinances after prosecutors agreed to drop a public indecency charge.

News outlets report DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann pleaded guilty to engaging in prohibited conduct in a public park and obstructing a police officer.

As part of his plea deal, Mann was given a 180-day sentence that will be suspended as soon as he pays fines totaling $2,000. Mann's attorney, Noah Pines, told the court Mann was prepared to pay the fines in full immediately.

Municipal Court Judge Crystal Gaines also sentenced Mann to 80 hours of community service for both violations and banished him from Atlanta's public parks for the duration of his sentence.

Authorities said Mann has already completed 40 community service hours with nonprofit group Hosea Helps, which feeds Atlanta's homeless and seniors, among other charitable projects.

Mann returned to work this week after completing a 40-day suspension ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal. He has apologized for the negative attention his arrest has brought DeKalb County and also served a self-imposed, one-week suspension.

His conviction doesn't disqualify him from the office he was re-elected to in November. But he still faces an investigation by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which has the power to suspend or revoke his certification as a law enforcement officer.

Mann is DeKalb's 49th sheriff and has served in the department for 10 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981 to 1985.