Lubbock, Texas Planned Parenthood CEO arrested for indecent exposure

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Tony Ray Thornton, the President and CEO of the Lubbock, Texas Planned Parenthood affiliate, was released from custody Tuesday morning following his arrest Monday for indecent exposure.

Thornton was arrested at the baseball fields inside Lubbock’s Mackenzie Park at 3:25 Monday afternoon after exposing himself, according to KCBD-TV11.

The 56 year-old Planned Parenthood CEO was booked at the Lubbock County Detention Center and released Tuesday morning at 11:05 after posting a bond of $750.

According to the Texas penal code, indecent exposure is a Class B misdemeanor.

“A person commits an offense if he exposes his anus or any part of his genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his act,” the law reads.

Thornton has worked for Planned Parenthood for several years, according to local news reports.

During the weekend, Thornton participated in protests against Texas’ decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood through the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program — an action which has resulted in the Obama administration cutting off all federal funds to the Texas program.

“It provides pap smears, breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams and birth control to prevent unintended pregnancies,” Thornton told Lubbock’s Fox 43 News about Planned Parenthood over the weekend.


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