Music minister arrested for indecent exposure

Panama City - A Lynn Haven man is out on bond Thursday night after being arresting for exposing himself to an undercover officer at a Panama City Park Thursday afternoon.

NewsChannel 7 spoke with Sgt. Jeff Becker with the Panama City Police Department who told said the department had received several complaints about an individual exposing himself and engaging in other illegal activity at Joe Moody Harris Park. An undercover officer was sent to the park Thursday to investigate.

Police arrested 55-year-old Manuel Garcia II at 1:15pm at the park on East 8th Court. The report says Garcia pulled up to the undercover officer's vehicle and made a suggestive gesture with his hand. Police say the officer rolled down his window and spoke to Garcia who asked the officer to get into his vehicle. When the officer declined, police say Garcia exposed himself, then fondled himself.

Garcia is well-known as the music minister at First Baptist Church in Panama City. Sgt. Becker says Garcia was charged only with a misdemeanor. Garcia posted $250 bond and was released Thursday afternoon.


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