Cleveland man pleads guilty to exposure charge
It was swift and the judgement final.
The second suspect arrested in Liberty County for indecent exposure has pleaded guilty and is now behind bars.
Randy Earl Jones, Jr., 25, who was taken into custody by the Cleveland Police Department and placed in Liberty County jail facing Class B misdemeanor charges for indecent exposure accepted a plea offer and is now behind bars in Liberty County Jail.
“I put in a plea offer and I wasn’t in court, but [Assistant County Attorney] Gary Dennison took the plea deal to the in-custody hearing and he took it,” said County Attorney Matt Poston. Dennison, senior counsel for Liberty County Attorney’s Office, was surprised Jones took the deal, but Jones seemed ready to get on with it.
Poston explained that each Monday and Thursday afternoon, every person that is still in jail on a misdemeanor comes to an in-custody court.
They are asked if they have counsel or need counsel appointed for them, or they may want to talk to the county attorney or his representatives and work out a plea deal.
With the deals, Poston can accept or reject a deal or even the defendant can accept or reject the deal.
“Typically it’s an opportunity to get appointed, review our files, and then negotiate with us. If we’re able to negotiate something out, we’ll go ahead with the plea then,” he said.
Jones waived his right to an attorney and accepted the plea deal.
Jones received the maximum penalty of 180 days with credit for six days served and must pay for court costs.
Jones is already on the Texas State Sexual Offenders List for a charge in April of 2016 for an indecent exposure charge with a 48-year-old female victim. He received two years of probation and community supervision.
Since he is already on probation with San Jacinto County for a similar charge, it is likely that it will be revoked and he may go to jail on that charge after the Liberty County conviction, Poston said.
Earlier, a second Liberty County man, Gilbert Charles Trahan III, of Liberty, appeared before Judge Tommy Chambers in the Liberty County Court at Law.
“The judge set the bond for both of his indecent exposure cases at $250,000 and added a number of conditions to the bond,” Poston said.
Some of the conditions for Trahan were not to set foot on the premises of the Liberty Walmart or Stripes in Dayton, or go near any of the victims of his crimes and the judge took a tough stance ordering him not to drive a motor vehicle and a few other items.
“The judge had some concerns about community safety following the reports of his reoffending,” the county attorney said.
There was also some testimony about his mental state. He will remain in the Liberty County jail until his trial.
“This is still a very young case, but we would want to try this case as soon as possible,” Poston added.
He does not expect the trial to begin until late December at the earliest, but because of potential motions that might be coming from the defense, the trial could be delayed for a couple of months, leaving Trahan behind bars the entire time.
Trahan was rearrested just before the Thanksgiving holidays after an Attorney General’s warrant apprehension unit found Trahan hiding in a neighborhood near Reliant Center in Houston.
Since he missed the only day for bond hearings during the holiday week, he sat in jail until Monday after Thanksgiving when he went before Chambers.
He was rearrested after it was discovered Trahan had been out on bond with three trials pending when he was arrested again for the second time in just a week for allegedly exposing himself, the last time at a Stripes gas station in Dayton.
Police officers found him sitting in his car and detained him while they heard the victim’s story.
After reviewing the surveillance tape at the gas station which showed him exposing his private parts and pleasing himself in front of the clerk, Trahan was arrested and transported to the Liberty County Jail.