Georgia sheriff suspends self after indecency allegation

ATLANTA — A Georgia sheriff recently arrested by an officer who accused him of exposing himself in a park has suspended himself for one week.

The Atlanta media reports DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann emailed sheriff’s office employees Tuesday, saying he imposed the maximum penalty for conduct that “has a tendency to destroy public respect.” His suspension begins Saturday.

“I cannot ask my employees to abide by a code of conduct unless I am willing to subject myself to it as well,” Mann wrote in an email to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees obtained by the paper. “In fact, I must be held to an even higher standard.”

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

A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal is investigating Mann. Mann’s attorney is asking a judge to stop that probe, saying he’s not accused of official misconduct.

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