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Trial for trail exposure incident Aug. 9
Ashley Toney
Ashley Javon Toney - photo by Grant County Sheriffs Office

A Platteville man arrested in connection with an indecent exposure incident on the Rountree Branch Trail is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 9.

Ashley Javon Toney, 24, 990 Jackson St. apartment 6, pleaded not guilty in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Monday to charges of lewd and lascivious behavior — exposure and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Both charges are misdemeanors, but include repeater sentence enhancers, as included in an amended criminal complaint filed June 17, according to court records. That could increase Toney’s sentence from a maximum of nine months to a maximum of two years on each charge, in addition to $10,000 in fines per charge.

Toney is free on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he not violate the law. A status conference is scheduled for July 27.

Toney’s arraignment Monday included an argument with Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day over the court’s jurisdiction in the case, according to court records.

According to police, a 21-year-old woman was jogging on the trail when she witnessed Toney with his genitals exposed appearing to be engaged in a sexual act in front of her on the trail Monday. Toney was arrested after he lied about his identity, police said. 

Platteville police sent a Nixle alert saying police had received reports of a “male subject exposing” himself in the city. Anyone with information on other incidents is asked to call police, 348-2313.

Toney was found not guilty of a lewd and lascivious behavior charge after a jury trial June 1 for an incident at the Platteville Public Library April 16, according to court records and police.

Toney is on the State of Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry through 2023, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Toney served two years of a four-year prison sentence and was required to register as a sex offender after a jury convicted him of two counts of sexual battery, one count of criminal confinement, and misdemeanor charges of public indecency and criminal recklessness for incidents that took place on a Portage Township, Ind., school bus. He was accused of repeatedly fondling two female students between November 2008 and February 2009, placing his legs across the aisle of a school bus to prevent a student from leaving, repeatedly exposing himself and lighting a piece of paper on a bus on fire.

The Times reported that Toney was also charged in 2012 with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, charged in 2013 with sexual battery, three counts of public indecency, public voyeurism and public nudity, and charged in 2014 with public indecency and battery.

Information was not available at press time about the disposition of the incidents.