Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an investigation of DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann’s recent arrest on charges of exposing himself and fleeing police.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann.

Mann was arrested May 6 after police accused him of masturbating and exposing himself in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, then running from a police officer. He faces charges of public indecency and obstruction. Mann has proclaimed his innocence and remains on the job.

On May 11, Deal appointed a commission of three law enforcement officials to investigate the incident and recommend what, if anything, the governor should do. The commission consists of state Attorney General Chris Carr, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. The commission’s report is due by June 11.

State law allows Deal to suspend a sheriff for up to 90 days with the recommendation of a commission. The law includes a provision for extending the suspension and ordering the Attorney General to begin a process of removing the sheriff from office, if evidence warrants it.

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