An undercover federal officer said he saw Matthew J. Glavin fondling himself on May 17 on a trail in the Chattahoochee National River Park in Gwinnett County, just east of Atlanta. The officer said Glavin also fondled him after the two started talking.
Glavin, 47, resigned Wednesday as president and chief executive of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation.
Atlanta television station WAGA reported it was the second time that Glavin had been charged by rangers. Glavin pleaded no contest in 1996 to an indecency charge was sentenced him to six months' probation and fined $1,000.
Glavin refused to confirm the television report and has denied the charges against him. He said he resigned "to protect my family and the foundation."
He was in U.S. District Court in connection with the case on Tuesday but did not enter a plea because his hearing was rescheduled.
The foundation, which Glavin had led since 1994, has fought to abolish Atlanta's affirmative action program and sued to have Clinton disbarred for lying under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
Claims to fame: President and CEO, Southeastern Legal Foundation; anti-gay crusader & prominent Clinton-impeachment campaigner; closet homo; hypocrite of the first water
Moral apex: Arrested twice for public indecency in well-known gay-cruise area of a Chattahoochee River trail area, once in 1996 (a no-contest plea got him six monthsâ€™ probation and a $1,000 fine) and once in 2000.
Translation: He masturbated in front of an undercover federal agent, and tried to fondle the (male) officer.
Punch line: Southeastern Legal Foundation argued in support of the Boy Scouts of Americaâ€™ anti-gay policy, led the charge to have President Clinton disbarred, and has fought to overturn Atlantaâ€™s affirmative-action laws and the cityâ€™s domestic-partnership benefits plan.