Columbia man charged after allegedly exposing himself at public library | Central Missouri News
BOONE COUNTY — A Columbia man was charged Friday after allegedly exposing himself Thursday at the Columbia Public Library.
The suspect, Mark Jones, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15 and first degree sexual misconduct.
According to a probable cause statement, Jones knowingly exposed his genitals to a child in the children’s section of the library, leading to his charges.
The probable cause statement details the encounter Jones had with the child and the efforts they made to distance themselves from Jones prior to the main incident after he made them “uncomfortable”.
Police say Jones made excessive eye contact with the child during the encounter, “in an effort to draw their attention to him and his actions.”
Security footage was extracted from CPL providing video and still evidence of Jones’ actions. According to records, Jones had exposed himself to four groups of women and children in the library during his time there, before being escorted out.
Records indicate that Jones’ pending in court may not be present due to his homeless status and not having a permanent physical address in the area.
Jones is currently being held without bond at Boone County Jail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on October 19.