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A well-known Alpharetta horse trainer already facing attempted child molestation charges is now accused of driving naked while smoking meth.

Forsyth County deputies arrested Kenneth Acebal, 46, on June 8 after a truck driver called investigators to report he’d seen a naked man in a Cadillac SUV driving on State Route 19 near Cumming.

An arrest report said that Acebal was fully clothed when deputies pulled him over, but that they noticed his pants were “twisted.” The report said deputies found pornographic magazines sprawled out in the car and a pipe with methamphetamine residue in it.

He was charged with meth possession and indecent exposure and booked into the Forsyth County Jail. A sheriff’s department spokeswoman told Channel 2 that Acebal bonded out of jail June 18.

Channel 2 tracked down Acebal’s business manager, Ann Clements, who called Acebal a decorated horse trainer who was once on the short list to compete in the Olympics.

“He enjoys the respect and admiration of trainers, riders and owners at the highest level of the equestrian competitive game,” she said.

Clements said Acebal has been under tremendous stress since an April arrest in Catoosa County on attempted child molestation charges. The FBI arrested Acebal and two other metro Atlanta-area men, accusing them of chatting online with an agent posing as a child and then driving to Ringgold to meet for sex.

“He was charged with what the FBI themselves have called a victimless crime,” said Clements. “The stress was horrendous. It’s the first time he’d been in any legal kind of trouble like that.”

Clements said Acebal believed he was meeting an adult, not a child.

She said he has entered rehab and expects to be fully exonerated in both cases.

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