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Planned Parenthood in Lubbock gets unplanned "exposure"

Tony Thorton, the CEO of the Lubbock chapter of Planned Parenthood, has been removed after his arrest for indecent exposure KCBD

(CBS) LUBBOCK, Texas - The head of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock was recently arrested for indecent exposure and has been placed on a leave of absence, at least. Tony Thornton, the organization's CEO and President, was arrested after police say he exposed himself Monday afternoon at a local baseball park,     CBS affiliate KCBD reports.

The 56-year-old Thornton posted a $750 bond Tuesday morning, according to jail records.

A representative for Thornton issued a statement on his behalf that said, in part: "I deeply regret creating a situation in my personal life that potentially creates a distraction" from the goals of Planned Parenthood to provide high quality reproductive health care. It also said, "I apologize to the people in the Lubbock community for the incident. I will work with my attorney through the appropriate court process to correct any misinformation and take responsibility for errors."

The statement said the agency has appointed an interim CEO to serve during Thornton's leave.

Another statement issued on behalf of the group's chairwoman said Thornton "will no longer serve" as CEO.

According to the Texas Penal Code, indecent exposure is committed when a suspect exposes his genitals with the intent to arouse the sexual desire of another person. It's a class B misdemeanor.

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