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.