Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin got caught with his pants down.
In a photo sent to The News-Review, Hanlin, who has served as the county sheriff since 2009, appears pantsless, wearing nothing but a white T-shirt and a black watch while apparently thrusting his waist toward the camera.
A Facebook sticker reading “Lit Saturday” covers the sheriff’s genitals.
Reached Tuesday evening for comment, Hanlin said the photo was taken in private at his own residence. He said the photo was published on a website that mimicked his personal Facebook page and was likely posted by an ex-girlfriend.
“I did not authorize the creation of this second site nor did I authorize the photo that was posted,” he wrote in an email to The News-Review.
Hanlin said he is working to understand how and why the photo was posted and said the situation is “a very private, personal matter and I intend to deal with it in a private manner.”
“I apologize for this distraction,” he wrote.
Sgt. Brad O’Dell with the sheriff’s office wrote in an email “this is a personal matter for the Sheriff. I would refer you to the Sheriff for his comments.”
Hanlin’s full statement can be read below:
From Sheriff John Hanlin regarding fake Facebook site and posted image
I am facing an unusual personal circumstance.
Recently, my girlfriend and I ended our relationship. After the fact, it was brought to my attention that a private photo of me was posted on a Facebook site intended to appear as if the Facebook site was mine. The site was not mine, I have my own separate site which is active today which I use to engage with friends, the community and family. I did not authorize the creation of this second site nor did I authorize the photo that was posted.
Upon learning of this site, I immediately contacted Facebook and had it removed.
I am working to understand how and why this happened and to resolve the issue, but in the meantime, this is a very private, personal matter and I intend to deal with it in a private manner. I apologize for this distraction.