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DeKalb County sheriff arrested for indecency at Atlanta park

Jeffrey Man, the DeKalb County sheriff in his official photo. Atlanta Police arrested Mann over the weekend of May 7, 2017. (SOURCE: Facebook) Jeffrey Man, the DeKalb County sheriff in his official photo. Atlanta Police arrested Mann over the weekend of May 7, 2017. (SOURCE: Facebook)
Source: City of Atlanta Source: City of Atlanta
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Atlanta police arrested Jeffrey Mann, the sheriff of DeKalb County, in Piedmont Park Saturday night.

Mann is officially charged with indecency and obstructing a police officer. In this case, obstructing refers to running from an officer who was attempting to make an arrest.

According to an official police report, an officer patrolling Piedmont Park noticed a man fondling himself in an area of the park known for sexual encounters after dark. 

At the time, the officer did not recognize the person he was watching as being the DeKalb County sheriff.

The officer wrote that the man started to walk toward the officer and then completely exposed his genitals as he continued to fondle himself. According to the report, the man came within a few feet of the bicycle officer when the officer pointed his flashlight at the man. That's when the man took off running.

"I ran behind the male, yelling, 'Police, STOP!'" wrote the officer.

The bicycle officer said he chased Mann for about a quarter mile and said Mann gave himself up when he realized the officer was gaining on him.

In the police report, it says Mann lost ground because he had to stop and tie his shoes.

Mann, who was first elected sheriff in 2014 and served in the department since 2001, has been released from the Atlanta City Jail on bond.

The sheriff released a public statement through his staff in response to the accusation, writing that he "is working with City of Atlanta to clear these charges."

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