The indecent exposure charge against a University of New Mexico quarterback has been dismissed after witnesses failed to show up for a bench trial Tuesday morning, according to a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court spokeswoman.
The misdemeanor count against 23-year-old Sheriron Jones can be refiled. Jones was accused of showing his genitalia to a woman in a university parking structure in October.
Metropolitan Court spokeswoman Camille Baca said the UNM police officer who handled the case reported he was not ready to proceed to trial Tuesday because “witnesses in the case were not present in the courtroom.” He did not say why the witnesses had not shown up.
“The defense then asked the court to dismiss the charge with prejudice,” Baca wrote in an email. “The judge granted defense’s motion; however, the case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the state can refile if contact is reestablished with the witnesses in the case.”
According to a criminal complaint, a woman reported that a man drove past her slowly multiple times. As she was walking toward the exit, she noticed the car was stopped in driving lanes and the front passenger window was down. She asked the driver, later identified as Jones, if he was OK, and he said, “No, can you give me 10 seconds?” When she walked closer to him, she saw that he was masturbating, and immediately turned and walked away.
Jones’ attorney Román Romero said in a statement Tuesday that his client “had a tough childhood and was raised, in part, in the foster care program.” He came to UNM from Los Angeles as a “4-star recruit” and graduated over the weekend.
“He wishes the University and Lobo Nation nothing but the best as he prepares for the next chapter in his life,” he said.