Duncanville councilman remains on ballot despite resignation following 3rd arrest for gay sex

Scott Cannon

A Duncanville city councilman who’s been arrested three times for public sex with other men remains on the May ballot and has tried to participate in city business despite his announced resignation last month.

Councilman Scott Cannon, 58, announced that he was resigning after he was arrested by Dallas police March 8 on a charge of indecent exposure. He was picked up with four other men at King Spa on Royal Lane in Dallas. That facility is a day spa with a Korean restaurant.

Although his resignation was “effective immediately,” Texas law states that a public official continues in office until replaced.

Cannon remains on the ballot for the May 12 municipal election and he recently tried to participate in a meeting despite his resignation, according to The Dallas Morning News (subscription only). He was prevented from participating when the council voted to postpone the meeting. He is not actively campaigning and returned campaign contributions, but he remains popular and could be re-elected.

Cannon was arrested two other times on public lewdness charges 30 years ago. Both of those cases involved his having sex with men in a public place. Once was at Paris Adult Theater on Harry Hines Boulevard, The DMN reports. That case was dismissed, but six months later he was arrested for having sex in a restroom at Tenison Park in East Dallas. He pleaded guilty, paid a fine and received probation.

Cannon is married with three children and four grandchildren.

His current case is set for hearing on May 4, the week before the election.

Duncanville is a suburb just south of Dallas.

—  David Taffet

Councilman resigns after indecency arrest

Scott Cannon

Four men — including 58-year-old Duncanville City Councilman Scott Cannon — were arrested Thurday at King Spa on Royal Lane in Dallas on charges of indecent exposure, a Class-B misdemeanor. Cannon, who served on the council for nine years, resigned Friday.

King Spa, just west of Stemmons Freeway, has saunas and offers massage, acupressure and body scrubs. Its restaurant serves health drinks and Korean food.

Dallas police conducted an undercover operation at the spa. According to reports, Cannon was a regular customer. He’s been married for 30 years. Around the time he was married, Cannon was arrested for public lewdness twice. One of those charges was dismissed. He pleaded guilty to the other.

Police haven’t released any additional information. They aren’t saying whether Cannon’s alleged activity was homosexual in nature.

Cannon is out on bail and his court date is in April.

—  David Taffet