TEMPE, Ariz. – New details surrounding the arrest of a man for allegedly committing a sexual act at the Tempe Town Lake area on Mar. 5 have been released.
According to court documents, 30-year-old Jonathen Baxter is accused of public sexual indecency in connection with the incident, which happened during the afternoon hours of Mar. 5.
The documents provided a rather graphic description of the alleged act, with investigators saying that Baxter admitted to officers that he was committing a sexual act on himself, while laying on the grass about 10 to 15 feet behind the pop-up canopies set up for a high school-age rowing competition for high school girls.
A number of witnesses, according to investigators, said they saw actions indicative of Baxter committing a sexual act on himself, even though the Baxter’s private parts were not seen.
“Multiple minors from the competition witnesses Jonathen,” read a portion of the court documents.
Baxter, according to the court documents, has a criminal history that includes a prior conviction for public sexual indecency and a prior arrest indecent exposure. A judge has set bail at $10,000, and should Baxter make bail, he will be subjected to house arrest. Among other restrictions, Baxter will not be allowed to have any contact with minors, with no exceptions.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Baxter on Mar. 15.
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