Planned Parenthood CEO criticized sonogram law arrested for INDECENT EXPOSURE
Lubbock Planned Parenthood CEO charged with indecent exposure
March 13, 2012 – 10:04pm
LUBBOCK — Tony Thornton, CEO and president of the Planned Parenthood Association of Lubbock, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure Monday afternoon.
Thornton, 56, was arrested at the baseball field on Municipal Drive in Lubbock, said Sgt. Jonathan Stewart with the Lubbock Police Department.
According to the police report, the alleged victim was a 43-year-old male.
Thornton was transported and booked into the Lubbock County jail, the report states.
According to online records, he was released just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Thornton did not return a message left on his cellphone, which was turned off. He also did not reply to an email.
The Lubbock Planned Parenthood office was unable for comment.
Thornton became CEO of Planned Parenthood in 2003, previous Morris News Service reports show.
LUBBOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT
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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As part of an investigation into identity theft, KCBD-TV in Lubbock investigated several area medical facilities that had discarded private medical records in dumpsters behind their offices rather than shredding the documents and disposing of them properly.
Documents found in the trash outside Planned Parenthood had the name, social security number, address of clients and specific information about their diagnosis.
The CEO of the Planned Parenthood Association of Lubbock claimed some clients could have thrown the papers away themselves, saying “A possible explanation for this occurrence is that the patient took this piece of paper and threw it in the dumpster, thus explaining why there was a piece of paper outside the large trash bag.”
However, KCBD found more than one piece of paper. The station contacted one of the women whose names appeared on the medical records it obtained.
When shown the document, the woman said “I haven’t been there (Planned Parenthood) in over a year. I have never seen the paper before and there is no way I threw it away.”