Airport mobile police officer charged with exposing himself to Daphne

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – Daphne Police have charged a man with indecent exposure after saying he was seen by two women fondling each other in public. They said it happened on Tuesday September 20, 2022 near the Circle K store on Main Street.

It was along a row of trees in front of the store. Investigators said two women saw a man exposing and fondling as they left the store around 10:00 p.m. Police say one of the women had a small child in her car who they believe saw the act as well. The two women called the police and officers attended the scene.

“He has denied all allegations,” said Heather DeAngelo, Daphne Police Public Information Officer. “Of course, we explained to him what would happen if they came to sign with the magistrate… to lodge a complaint. Then a warrant would be issued for his arrest.

Daphne Police arrested Danny Bell on Monday, September 26, 2022 for indecent exposure(Daphne Police Department)

That’s exactly what happened and on Monday morning, Daphne police arrested Danny Bell for misdemeanor exposure. Investigators said Bell was currently working as an officer with the Airport Mobile Police. Prior to that, Bell worked for eight years as a Daphne police officer, rising to captain before being fired in 2014 after being arrested for a domestic violence/harassment misdemeanor. The then-mayor said the dismissal was not because of the criminal charges, but because he said Bell violated city policies.

Police say the two women did the right thing by calling police immediately so Bell could be questioned at the scene. Investigators said Bell lived nearby and told them he had just been exercising.

Bell posted $500 bond and was released. Now a court will hear the case and decide on guilt or innocence. That won’t happen to Daphne though. The judge recuses himself from the case because of Bell’s history of working for the city. The Mobile Airport Authority has placed Danny Bell on administrative leave effective immediately.

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