Readers of the Killeen Daily Herald and the Harker Heights Herald weekly publication might remember the April 21 incident, during which a man was accused of exposing himself to a teenage girl as he sat in his car.
Jonathan G. Sparks, 28, a 79th Ordnance Battalion soldier at Fort Hood, was indicted July 15 on a charge of indecency with a child by exposure.
According to an arrest affidavit, Harker Heights police responded to Prospector Trail on April 21 after a 16-year old female told police a man had driven by her several times before following her at a walking pace.
According to the affidavit, “the victim thought the driver was lost and approached the open passenger-side window to see if the man driving the car needed directions.
“As the victim approached, she observed the man had his hand down his pants. The man then exposed his genitals to the victim.
It was stated in the affidavit that “the victim got a good look at the man, his unique clothing and the vehicle he was driving.
According to the affidavit, the April incident wasn’t the first time Sparks exposed himself in public.
“There are numerous indecent exposure cases pending against the suspect for similar activity involving adults.
Shannon Riley, Sparks’ attorney, confirmed Sparks had been charged at least twice for misdemeanor indecent exposure, but said Sparks had no felony criminal history.
Riley said the victim in the April case was a few days shy of her 17th birthday, at which time she would be considered an adult.
Attorneys assigned to the case said a plea deal is likely to come soon.
A plea deal for a repeat offender? One can only hope a provision of any plea deal would be psychological counseling.
It is painfully apparent that recidivism in a case such as this is not only highly likely, but also painfully evident.
Moreover, it is likely that as this aberrant behavior becomes commonplace and boring, bigger and better thrills may be sought.
John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.