Alabama man charged with indecent exposure for seventh time, held without bail on probation on revocation warrant

A Shelby County man arrested for the seventh time on charges of indecent exposure is back in prison after prosecutors asked for his probation to be revoked based on a previous conviction.

Jonathan Wade Copeland of Maylene was taken into custody Sunday after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies said he exposed himself to a 20-year-old woman at an apartment complex in southern Jefferson County.

On January 10, Lt. Jefferson County Sheriff Joni Money, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of Wildridge Circle, across the street from Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, over reports of a man who exposed himself.

Investigators found that the man – now identified as Copeland – had broken into a vacant apartment and exposed himself from the apartment’s balcony. The victim is 20 years old.

Copeland was charged with indecent exposure and third-degree burglary. He was booked into the Jefferson County jail on Sunday and released Monday after posting $30,000 bail.

Before his arrest on Sunday, Copeland had been arrested at least six times on charges of exposing his genitals to a woman.

Alabama law defines the crime as follows: “In intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desire in himself or in a person other than his spouse, he exposes his genitals in circumstances that he knows his conduct is causing.” is likely to cause offense or alarm in a public place.”

On March 15, 2022, Copeland pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in the Hoover incidents and received a five-year suspended sentence.

Following his recent arrest, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion asking that his probation in the case be revoked following his arrest again this week.

Court and prison records show he was returned to custody Thursday night on a parole revocation order. A hearing will decide whether his parole will actually be revoked.

Copeland was checked into the Jefferson County Jail at 6:31 p.m. Thursday and is being held without bail.

In 2019, Copeland was charged after authorities said he exposed himself to a shopper at the Chelsea Walmart.

At the time he had previous convictions for indecent exposure in Pelham and Homewood dating back nine years.

In March 2017, Hoover police arrested Copeland for a felony, saying the Alabama indecent exposure statute has a provision that allows the felony to be escalated to a felony after a third or more convictions for the same felony.

In the 2017 incident, police said Copeland exposed himself to a shopper at Michael’s and another shopper at At Home at the Grove.

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