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Man has long history of indecent exposure, stalking allegations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man accused of watching pornography in a Cross Lanes McDonalds had been out of jail for only a few days on charges from a similar incident.

Tiance Anton Hughes, 31, of Virginia Street, was arrested for indecent exposure on Jan. 9 and released on bond from South Central Regional Jail on Feb. 21.

Hughes has been charged with multiple offenses, including several counts of stalking, harassment and trespassing. He also has been charged with indecent exposure five times in the last six years and has never been convicted.

The charges in three of the indecent exposure cases were dismissed for a variety of reasons, including a "defective" criminal complaint and his completion of a pre-trial diversion program, meaning he stayed out of trouble for a year.

The two most recent incidents occurred a few weeks apart. The latest incident happened only days after he was released from jail on another exposure charge.

Charleston Patrolman B.A. Lightner arrested Hughes on Jan. 9 at Embassy Suites on Court Street. Hotel staff reported a man was in the business center watching porn and masturbating. Hughes had already been banned from the property, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Lightner found Hughes watching porn on a hotel-owned computer. He said Hughes looked back and saw him, and then closed the computer window.

The officer noticed "bodily fluids" on the floor at Hughes' feet and noted that Hughes' genitalia were exposed.

Hughes was charged with indecent exposure and trespassing in that instance. He was released on bond last Thursday.

Hughes was arrested again Saturday morning after witnesses reported a man was masturbating to pornography in the dining room of the Big Tyler Road McDonalds.

Witnesses told Kanawha Deputy C.R. Atha that Hughes had gone across the street to the public library. Atha found him there, again watching porn.

A witness told deputies he saw Hughes with a man and a boy believed to be about 10 years old in the McDonalds. Deputies now are trying to determine the child's identity, Capt. Sean Crosier said. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at 304-357-0169.

He was charged with stalking in May 2012 over allegations he repeatedly threatened a woman online, according to a separate complaint. The victim said she told him not to contact her again, but that only resulted in more violent and threatening messages.

She said Hughes posted a comment on the Facebook page of one of her friends in February 2011 stating that if she pressed charges and sent him to jail it would make him "angrier and motivate him to pursue the victim even more aggressively," the complaint said.

He was charged with one count of stalking and ten counts of harassment for that incident. The stalking and recent exposure incidents still are pending in court, according to records.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.


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