Mayor Takes Naked Hike

POSTED: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:03am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

Former Georgia mayor caught camping in the buff...

For some, last Sunday was supposed to be "Naked Hiking Day".

A former Gainesville, Georgia mayor apparently got an early start and ended up in the Rabun County jail the night before.

Mark Musselwhite, 43, who left office in 2006, was booked on a misdemeanor charge of "public indecency".

It all began when some campers complained that a nude man was walking down Earls Ford Road in the Warwoman community just northeast of the city of Clayton.

When a state park ranger and a sheriff deputy showed up, they found Musselwhite sitting naked in a chair at his campsite.

The DNR Ranger was unavailable for comment Friday, but here's what his arrest report says.

Ranger Brandon Walls wrote that Musselwhite appeared intoxicated and didn't see anything wrong with being nude.

He told the ranger he'd just been swimming in a nearby creek and was hot.

Ranger Walls said Musselwhite put on some shorts when asked to get dressed, but he also became belligerent.

"He began telling me that he knew a DNR (Department of Natural Resources) board member and he was going to call him because he thought he was being harassed," Walls wrote.

"He also told me that he was the ex-mayor of Gainesville and he was a very political person," the ranger continued.

Walls wrote that he finally handcuffed Musselwhite and took him to jail when he wouldn't stop arguing.

No one answered the door at Musselwhite's home and the large acerage property appears to be for sale.

The Gainesville Times newspaper quotes Musselwhite saying he and his attorney would issue a statement in a few days.

Meanwhile, the former mayor is free on $1,200 bond.

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