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Mayor takes plea deal in sex case

Published: Saturday, Nov. 06, 2010

BARTOW — The mayor of a central Florida town has to resign from office as part of a plea deal in a sex case.

The Ledger of Lakeland reported that 33-year-old Mulberry Mayor John Julian Mullis had faced one count of sexual activity with a minor over an incident with a 17-year-old boy.

He pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct Friday as part of a plea deal that requires him to resign from office.

An arrest affidavit said the boy told a teacher about a consensual sexual relationship with Mullis, who said the boy had listed his age as 19 on a social networking website.

Mulberry, with about 3,200 residents, is south of Lakeland.


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