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Man on Indiana offender list arrested
Incident on trail five days after acquittal in trial
Ashley Toney
Ashley Javon Toney - photo by Grant County Sheriffs Office

Platteville police arrested a man registered as a sexual offender in Indiana in connection with an indecent exposure incident on the Rountree Branch Trail.

Ashley Javon Toney, 24, 990 Jackson St. apartment 6, Platteville, made his first appearance in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster June 7 on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior — exposure and resisting or obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

Toney is free on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he not violate the law. He will be arraigned on the charges June 27.

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 June 6 around 8:07 p.m. 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.

Two other males were placed on probation in exchange for their testimony against Toney. A school bus driver was acquitted of felony child neglect for allegations he ignored Toney’s and the other males’ conduct on the bus.

The Times reported that Toney was charged in 2012 with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor. He was accused of trying to get a 14-year-old girl to touch him “intimately,” and tried to remove the girl’s pants in a Lake Station, Ind., park, according to the Times.

The Times reported that Toney was charged in 2013 with sexual battery, three counts of public indecency, public voyeurism and public nudity. Toney was accused of using a video camera to take photos up the skirt of a female shopper at a store. He was also accused of asking for help from a female store employee, then touching her with his genitals exposed. Both incidents were recorded by the store’s video surveillance system, the Times reported.

The Times reported that Toney was charged in 2014 with public indecency and battery after a coworker at a Burger King restaurant in Hobart, Ind., claimed he exposed himself to her and touched her “inappropriately.”

Information was not available at press time on the dispositions of those cases.