No bond reduction for Morriston man accused of exposing himself at Walmart
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
A Morriston man charged with exposing himself to a 12-year-old boy in a Walmart bathroom earlier this month was denied his request for a lower bail Wednesday.
Alexander R. Clary, 54, was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition on Feb. 1 for reportedly exposing himself to the boy at the Dunnellon Walmart on North Williams Street.
Clary asked Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens to either reduce his $15,000 bail or release him on his own recognizance.
“I've never missed a court date and I've been at the same address for 54 years,” said Clary, garbed in a striped red-and-white jail uniform and sitting next to his defense attorney.
Clary said he needed to be home to take care of his elderly parents. With him in the Marion County Jail, they currently have to fend for themselves and they need his help, he said.
But the prosecutor handling his case, Jennifer Kipke, retorted that Clary was just released from prison on Dec. 2, 2010 and has an extensive criminal record with charges ranging from forgery and grand theft to methamphetamine possession.
Kipke also said that $15,000 was a reasonable bail considering Clary's criminal past.
Upon his arrest earlier this month, bail case was originally set at $75,000. That amount was reduced to $15,000.
The victim told authorities he was in the middle stall in the men's restroom at the Walmart when he saw Clary leave the stall to his left and go into another stall.
The victim said Clary slid under the stall and exposed his genitalia and bare legs to him, an arrest report said.
Walmart store management was contacted and the victim immediately identified Clary as he was leaving the restroom. The store's manager called authorities. Clary was then followed by authorities to his home in Morriston.
When officers met with him, they noticed his clothing matched the descriptions provided by the victim, the report said.
At the time, Clary told authorities he had been to the Walmart and McDonald's in Dunnellon and took a drink from the water fountain outside the Walmart restroom.
Clary at first denied that he used the restroom, but later said he used the urinal. After authorities explained the situation, Clary said that he was “‘not that guy.'”
Clary's next scheduled court date is an arraignment on Tuesday.
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