Lubbock Planned Parenthood CEO arrested for indecent exposure

Published: Mar. 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM CST
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Tony Ray Thornton, 56 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)
Tony Ray Thornton, 56 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The CEO and President of the Planned Parenthood Association of Lubbock has been arrested for exposing himself in public. Lubbock police say Tony Thornton, 56, was arrested just before 3:30 Monday afternoon at the baseball fields inside of Mackenzie Park.

He was arrested for indecent exposure and transported to the Lubbock County Detention Center where he remained until 11 a.m. Tuesday, when he posted a bond of $750.

According to a receptionist who answered the telephone at Planned Parenthood's office Tuesday afternoon, Thronton was out of the office for the entire day. Tuesday evening, KCBD NewsChannel 11 went to Thornton's home, but he did not answer the door.

According to Texas Penal Code 21.08, indecent exposure is committed when a suspect exposes his genitals with the intent to arouse the sexual desire of another person. It's a class B misdemeanor.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 contacted the national headquarters of Planned Parenthood. A person with the media relations department said they would work to issue a statement on Thornton's arrest. As of Tuesday evening we have not received a response.

At this point, there is no word on whether Thornton is still employed with Planned Parenthood, following his arrest.

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