An Atlanta police officer was found not guilty Friday of exposing himself in front of a Lenox Square security guard’s teenage son in a mall restroom, Chief Deputy Solicitor General Kenya Johnson confirmed.
A jury acquitted Jimmie Currie of a misdemeanor public indecency charge, two years after the boy alleged the officer walked into a stall where the victim was sitting and started touching himself.
“This case was very challenging as it involved the outcry of a single victim without other witnesses present,” Johnson said in a statement to AJC.com. “Special thanks to the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy for their work to protect victims of abuse and to our prosecution team for their diligent work in seeking justice.”
Currie’s attorney, Jackie Patterson, countered in court that the boy was the one exposing himself and blamed his client to avoid getting in trouble. According to Channel 2 Action News, the teen was 16 at the time of the September 2016 incident.
At the time, the boy told police Currie masturbated in front of him, Channel 2 reported. The teen also told police he jumped out of the stall and Currie ran out of the restroom, AJC.com previously reported.
The boy told police he followed Currie into the parking lot and called his mother, who works in mall security, and she alerted the on-duty security guards, a police report said.
A security guard outside the mall then stopped Currie outside of the food court and asked for photo identification. Though he was not in uniform, he handed the guard an Atlanta Police card with his name and ID number. Currie was told by a mall security guard to stay away from the mall for a year.
Currie is still employed with the Atlanta Police Department and is working in an administrative capacity, Officer Jarius Daugherty said.
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