Woman, man facing lewdness charge

December 29, 2012

Christmas morning deteriorated in a big hurry for two Hood County residents who were arrested after being caught performing a sex act in a vehicle, according to Hood County Sheriff’s Office officials.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy discovered a vehicle parked at the Pecan Grove Court boat ramp in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, and reported finding “a man and a woman performing a sex act in a public place,” Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

Sonya Margarita Valadez, 22, of Forest Park Drive in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, was arrested along with a 19-year-old Granbury man, and both were charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of public lewdness.

After being put in a patrol car, Rose said, Valadez managed to free herself and fled on foot.

Because she had a previous conviction of evading arrest, that act was enhanced to a felony level charge, according to Rose.

“After a short foot chase, Valadez was captured and charged with public lewdness (Class A misdemeanor, $2,000 bond), furnishing alcohol to a minor (Class A misdemeanor, $3,000 bond), escape from custody (Class A misdemeanor, $3,000 bond), evading arrest with previous conviction (state jail felony, $10,000 bond), resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor, $3,000 bond) and failure to identify as a fugitive from justice (Class A misdemeanor, $2,000 bond).” She also had four outstanding traffic warrants for her arrest, Rose noted, and her bond total was set at $25,841.50.

The man faces a Class C misdemeanor, minor in possession, Rose said. He was released after paying a $305 fine and posting $2,000 bond on the lewdness charge, Rose said.

METH CHARGE

A 46-year-old Burleson man is facing charges involving methamphetamine and theft after being arrested on a search warrant Monday at a residence in the 4300 block of Lakeshore Drive in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, Rose said. Mark Ernest Laningham was taken into custody by deputies at about midnight, Rose noted.

“During the search warrant, under a gram of meth, along with drug paraphernalia and parts of a stolen motorcycle were recovered,” Rose said. He faces a state jail felony ($5,000 bond) on the drug count.

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