Mt. Vernon man arrested due to public indecency

On Monday, law enforcement officials in Mt. Vernon responded to a report of public indecency at the Chesterfield Village Apartments, where they encountered 20-year-old Grant French. According to witnesses, French was unclothed and engaging in inappropriate behavior in the parking lot.

Upon the arrival of the officers, French refused to communicate and attempted to flee the scene. The officers pursued and successfully apprehended him. Subsequently, witnesses directed the officers to an apartment within the complex where they believed a battery involving French had occurred prior to the parking lot incident.

Upon contacting a female resident in the apartment, officers confirmed that she had been involved in an altercation with French earlier, during which he had allegedly choked her. The officers observed physical injuries on the woman consistent with choking, as well as damage to the apartment.

As a result, Grant French was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. He faces multiple charges, including Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm, Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, Public Indecency, and Resisting Arrest.

According to Illinois state law, a single conviction for public indecency is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. This offense carries a potential penalty of up to one year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500. While this sentence represents the maximum punishment for this crime, it is important to note that Illinois takes public indecency charges very seriously. Therefore, all residents of Illinois must be aware of the potential consequences of a conviction for public indecency.