Police Chief Allegedly Masturbated, Fondled Himself in Front of Teenage Girls, Children at Beach

Dale County Jail
An Alabama police chief was held in the Dale County jail after he was arrested on four counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly fondling himself inside his shorts in the presence of women, teenage girls and children. Dale County Jail

A police chief from Alabama has been arrested for allegedly masturbating and fondling himself inside his shorts while watching women, girls and even children in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Police arrested Billy Maurice Driggers, 44, on four counts of disorderly conduct related to the alleged fondling and masturbation. Driggs is the Chief of Police in Level Plains, Alabama. Level Plains Mayor Bruce Grantham placed Driggers on administrative leave without pay following the arrest on Thursday, according to WTVY.

Panama City Beach Police said officers responded to the Aqua Condominiums after receiving a call about a suspicious person, a white male, seen by guests appearing to masturbate while watching females.

"Officers were also told the male was observed on the elevator masturbating while guests were on the elevator," Panama City Beach Police said in a release. "Witnesses observed him placing his hand down the front of his shorts and begin to masturbate."

Police said the found the man, who identified himself as Bill Maurice Driggers from Daleville, Alabama, was not a registered guest at the condos.

Later that day, when reviewing video from the condominium security cameras from inside the elevator, police said the video depicted a man, allegedly Driggers, who was seen at least three times "with his hand down his pants masturbating in the presence of women and children while concealing his genitalia with his shorts," police said. "During the investigation it was discovered Driggers masturbated while walking behind teenage girls on the beach and was also observed filming or taking photos of the girls rinsing off in the outside showers."

Police said they learned during that investigation that Driggers is the chief of police in the city of Level Plains, Alabama. Panama City Beach is 91 miles from Level Plains, in south Alabama. Police said investigators were "not able to locate an instance where Driggers exposed his genitalia," but they moved forward with the arrest on four counts of disorderly conduct because the actions were "found to be obscene and sexually deviant in nature."

Billy Maurice Driggers
Billy Maurice Driggers is the Chief of Police in Level Plains, Alabama, arrested for allegedly fondling himself in the presence of women, teenage girls and children at the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida. Panama City Beach Police

Police Chief Driggers was arrested at his place of employment, authorities said, and he was booked into the Dale County Jail awaiting extradition to Bay County, Florida.

Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor, resulting in up 60 days in jail and a fine of up to 500 dollars if guilty. WTVY TV reported that "nearby police departments and deputies will help answer calls until the matter is resolved."

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