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Deputy Resigns After Disrobing in Public

Deputy Resigns After Disrobing in Public

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy accused of disrobing in public has resigned.

Employees at a jewelry company told police Tuesday they saw Deputy Darrell Magee get out of his department-issued S-U-V and remove his clothes. According to the police report, he sat naked and cross-legged facing west for about 30 seconds before putting on his clothes. He told police he was conducting a religious ritual and was wearing underwear.

He was on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Yesterday, Magee turned in his resignation saying he was "re-thinking his career."

Magee has worked for the sheriff's office since 1996.

Prosecutors have declined to file any charges citing lack of evidence.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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