Georgia, GA – A Georgia lawmaker has been arrested on charges of theft and battery after allegedly taking a selfie on his cellphone that included an offensive image of a man’s genitalia.
The State Senate approved a resolution this morning calling for the arrest of Rep. John Browning Jr., a Republican, who is accused of taking the photo in the Capitol rotunda.
Browning, a retired military veteran, was arrested after he allegedly took the picture of himself with the caption, “I am a Republican and a proud member of the Republican Party.”
In a statement released by his office, Browning said, “The photo that was taken is not the picture I intended to take and does not reflect the views of my office or the Republican party.
I appreciate the people of Georgia and the American people for holding me accountable for this despicable act.”
Browning is facing up to six months in jail for the felony charge.
He is also accused of a misdemeanor count of taking an obscene picture.
Browning, who has served as a state representative for nearly 30 years, is currently awaiting trial on the charge.
The incident began last week when Browning took a selfie of himself in the rotunda in the middle of a meeting, according to a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The photo was captured by a member of staff.
The staffer did not immediately return a request for comment from Newsweek.
A spokesman for the Capitol Police said that the office is looking into the incident.
Brown, who was elected in 2016, has said he is proud of his work in the state and has not engaged in any partisan political activity.
He has not returned a request from Newsweek for comment.