Georgia sheriff booked at his own jail following elder abuse charge of grabbing 75-year-old man by the throat

A sheriff in rural Georgia was booked at his own jail for elder abuse after authorities say he grabbed a 75-year-old man by the throat outside his office.

Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren was hit with multiple charges on Wednesday in connection with the May 22 incident.

Investigators say Cothren, 50, approached John Daniel Melton as the older man was walking up to the sheriff’s office in Alma. The two were “engaged in conversation” before Cothren “put his hands on him,” according to Mark Pro of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“He grabbed him around the throat area,” Pro said.

Melton was not an inmate or in custody and did not strike the sheriff, according to Pro.

Cothren was charged with battery, elder abuse and violating his oath of office, and turned himself in without incident.

The Georgia Sheriff’s Association is asking for an investigation that will determine whether he is slapped with a suspension while the case is pending.

Cothren was elected sheriff in 2016, but has worked in various roles at the office since 1990.

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