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Man charged with sex act in store
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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – A man is in jail after at least his third arrest in the past 14 months on public indecency charges.

This time, a woman told police he followed her and her infant around a store, performing a sex act.

Jeffery Kirvin Penland, 56, of Social Circle, was arrested Sunday.

Social Circle police Chief Tyrone Oliver said officers responded at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday to a public indecency complaint at Family Dollar, 1263 N. Cherokee Road. A shopper told officers a man was following her and her child around the store when she noticed he was masturbating.

The woman was able to make pictures of the man and his car as he left the store before she called 911.

Oliver said the responding officers gathered information and were able to obtain an address for the suspect in a subdivision off Georgia 11 in Newton County, about 5 miles from the store.

Newton County sheriff’s deputies assisted Social Circle police in locating the suspect. Upon arriving at the suspect’s home, officers saw a man matching his description in the garage area and saw the vehicle behind a privacy fence.

Penland, 56, was arrested and charged with public indecency. He was transported to the Walton County Detention Center, where he was being held Tuesday morning under $5,000 cash bond.

Oliver said Penland is on bond for suspected similar offenses in Newton County. He was arrested Jan. 14 and charged with a first or second offense of public indecency and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, according to The Covington News. He also was arrested July 13, 2017, and charged with public indecency, The News reported.

Jail records indicate Penland was arrested at 80 Surrey Chase Drive. That’s the address listed for him at his January arrest, according to The Covington News.

“This was an unfortunate situation that no one should ever have to go through,” Oliver said. “However, Social Circle patrol officers did a phenomenal job quickly conducting this investigation and arresting Penland without incident.”