Dawson city manager arrested, charged with sodomy

Dawson City Manager Arrest

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - Dawson’s city manager has been arrested in Terrell County.

WALB received Owen “Barney” Parnacott’s mugshot around 5:30 p.m. Friday evening from the Terrell County Jail.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Parnacott was arrested on Friday for one count of aggravated sodomy.

The GBI said it was requested by the Dawson Police Department on Nov. 24 to investigate allegations of aggravated sodomy by Parnocott.

Dawson City Councilman Artie Gardner says he wasn’t surprised by the arrest.

“I don’t feel sorry for whatever happens to him. He need to be handled like any other person," said Gardner. “He needs to be arrested and took before the court and do whatever they have to do to him,” added Gardner.

Gardner said Barney may be automatically removed from his position as city manager, but that's up in the air.

He says he’s sure the arrest will come up in this coming Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The GBI is stressing that if there are other victims out there, please come forward.

Parnacott is currently being held in the Terrell County Jail.

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