Earlier this month, an 18-year-old Earl “Earnell” Marvin Moton II was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 12 months of probation and 120 hours community service for publicly exposing himself at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia.
Now, the young man’s father, Earl “Earnell” Marvin Moton, Sr., has been ordered to spend a day in jail and pay a $500 fine for threatening witnesses at his son’s trial.
State Court Judge Dax Lopez handed down the ruling for Moton, Sr. on April 14.
Surveillance video from outside the courtroom showed Moton, Sr. pacing while remarking that witnesses would “have to pay” for accusing his son. He said he prayed what happened to his son “would happen to the children and grandchildren” of those who accused him. He also made a remark about the appearance of the 10-year-old girl who was seated a foot and a half away when his son exposed himself and complained that library personnel did not contact him first before calling thepolice, since he had donated money to the library.
Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said the judge’s ruling sends a strong message.
“We want to make sure witnesses know they can come to court and testify without worrying about being threatened or intimidated,” said Boston. “The comments made by the defendant’s father were absolutely egregious, and we will not tolerate this type of behavior. We applaud the witnesses for reporting what happened and not allowing this man’s intimidation to impact the outcome of the trial. Fortunately, the jury found his son guilty for his own completely unacceptable behavior at the library.”
On May 6, 2013, Moton II exposed himself in the teen section of
In addition to jail time and probation, Judge Lopez ordered Moton II to have a psycho-sexual evaluation and participate in a prison awareness program. He also barred Moton II from returning to any DeKalb library while on probation. The judge denied a defense motion to give Moton II First Offender’s status.