A man accused of assaulting or exposing himself to multiple women in the Heights area earlier this year was recently charged with indecency with a child, a felony, according to Harris County court documents.
Court records show that Mark Lee Thames, 48, was arrested May 14 at Stude Park after allegedly masturbating in front of two women who were jogging as he rode a bicycle. He was charged with two counts of indecent exposure upon his arrest and has since been charged with an additional count of indecent exposure and three counts of indecent assault related to previous incidents in April and May, according to court documents. All of those alleged crimes are misdemeanors.
On June 25, Thames was charged with the felony for allegedly exposing himself to a female under 17 years of age on Feb. 10 in the Heights, according to court records. Court documents also show that Thames’ bond was raised to $25,000 and, if he is released from jail, he is required to make an appointment for a mental health evaluation within seven days.
“These are serious allegations of repeated criminal behavior,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement provided to The Leader. “We are here first and foremost to help the victims and protect society from predators.”
Court records show that Thames is a Northside resident who pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor, in 2011.
The five charges filed against Thames since his May arrest stem from an investigation by the Houston Police Department’s Special Victims Division, Adult Sex Crimes Unit, according to court documents. Officers learned in February about several instances in which a suspect, described as a white male in his 40s or 50s who sometimes rode a bicycle, would stalk female joggers and either expose his genitals to them or assault them, court records show.
The alleged indecent assaults took place April 6 in the 900 block of Durham Drive, on April 30 in Midtown and on May 2 at Stude Park, according to court documents. Thames is accused of grabbing one of the female victims in the breast and grabbing two other female victims in the groin area, court records show.
On May 13, one day before his arrest at Stude Park, Thames is accused of exposing himself to another woman in the Heights, according to court documents.