June 26, 2009
Mayor Mark Musselwhite Got His Nude On - Charged With Public Indecency After He Let It All Hang Out At Campground
Read The Arrest Report
Clayton, Georgia (The Weekly Vice) -- Mark Musselwhite, 43 and a former Mayor of Gainesville, Georgia, was arrested last weekend after witnesses at a campground reported a "naked man" walking. When park rangers arrived on scene, they found Musselwhite sitting nude in a chair - wondering what he was doing wrong.
Arresting Officer Brandon C. Walls was alerted by dispatch that several campers and passerby had complained about a naked man sitting around his campsite, in full view of everyone. Walls later produced a report that reads like an episode of Reno: 911.
I OBSERVED A MALE SUBJECT, WHO EARLIER… I HAD IDENTIFIED AS MARK MUSSELWHITE… SITTING NUDE IN A CHAIR IN FRONT OF HIS CAMPER/HORSE TRAILER. I HAD SPOKEN WITH HIM EARLIER IN REFERENCE TO AN ATV HE HAD BEEN RIDING IN THE AREA. HE LOOKED AT US AND SAID HELLO. I ASKED HIM WHAT HE WAS DOING, HE SAID HE WAS JUST SITTING HERE AND ASKED IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM. I DID NOTICE HE WAS DRINKING AND APPEARED VERY INTOXICATED. I ASKED HIM WHY HE DID NOT HAVE ANY CLOTHES ON. HE SAID HE WAS HOT AND HAD BEEN IN THE CREEK. AT THAT POINT HE WANTED TO KNOW WHY WE WERE THERE AND WHAT HE WAS DOING WRONG. I ADVISED HIM THAT WE HAD GOTTEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT A MAN WALKING AROUND NUDE IN THE AREA. STILL NUDE, HE TOLD ME THAT IT WAS NOT HIM.
The report continues with an accusation by Officer Walls that the suspect became belligerent and identified himself as the town's former Mayor. Musselwhite allegedly proceeded to argue with Walls about the validity of an arrest in this situation, but Walls cuffed the nude man and lead him to a squad car without further incident.
The arrest report also mentions a "female subject" at the scene, apparently camping with Musselwhite, who kept out of the argument and was not charged.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Maybe he was inspired by the story of fellow Republican Mark Sanford, who claimed to be doing the same thing along the Appalachian Trail…
The Weekly Vice
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