Charges have been dismissed against a former Macon police officer accused of exposing himself at a north Macon hair salon last year.
Sgt. John Horton, an officer with 15 years on the job, was fired following his arrest. The charges were dismissed Monday, said Lars Anderson, Hortons lawyer.
Last year, Horton appealed his termination to an administrative law judge who ruled that he be suspended pending a determination in the criminal case which charged him with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Mayor Robert Reichert overturned the judges decision and upheld Hortons termination, Anderson said.
Sadly, Mr. Horton has had to bear the burden of such a decision despite the final outcome of this case which reaffirms his innocence, Anderson said. We have felt all along that these charges were not based on any credible facts.
Horton is considering further legal action, Anderson said.
In the wake of his termination, Horton moved out of state.
With this matter hanging over his head ... it was impossible for him to find employment, Anderson said.
The Bibb County Solicitors Office recused itself from prosecuting the misdemeanor case. It was prosecuted by Todd Hayes, an attorney with the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia.
Court records cite Hortons completion of a psychological exam, as part of a pre-trial diversion agreement, as the reason for the dismissal.
The results of said evaluation indicate that the defendant is unlikely to reoffend, according to the dismissing document.
Hayes said the terms of the proposed case disposition were explained to the alleged victim prior to the dismissal and she indicated that she was amenable to such a resolution.
The incident was alleged to have occurred at Hair & Nail Salon, 4646 Forsyth Road on April 30, 2012, while Hortons wife was having her hair done and in the presence of Hortons children.
An employee at the salon declined comment Friday.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.