Former Cowboy basketball player arrested
Wednesday's indecent exposure complaint lands Byron Houston, a registered sex offender, in jail

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By John Estus Published: June 15, 2007
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Former Oklahoma State basketball player Byron Houston was arrested for indecent exposure Wednesday after a woman called police and said she saw a man masturbating near Northwest Expressway and Independence Road in Oklahoma City, police said Thursday.

Police stopped a car at 5:45 p.m. that matched the woman's description and found Houston in the driver's seat with his shoes off and underwear on the floorboard, Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

The woman later identified Houston, 37, as the man she saw and said she's seen him doing the same thing on three previous occasions, Knight said.

Houston was in the Oklahoma County jail Thursday evening on an indecent exposure complaint. No charges have been filed against Houston related to Wednesday's arrest.

This isn't the first time Houston has been accused of sex crimes. He pleaded guilty to indecent exposure charges in 2003 after separate arrests in 2001 and 2002. He is a registered sex offender and avoided jail time for the 2003 conviction by entering a treatment program.

Last summer, Houston was dismissed from an OSU basketball camp for children when university officials learned he was a registered sex offender and not allowed to work with children.

A judge ordered Houston back to treatment for attending the camp, which was a violation of his probation.

Houston played power forward for the Cowboys and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1992, but he played only four seasons in the NBA. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds during that time.

He had a much more notable basketball career in Oklahoma as OSU's all-time leading scorer and a standout player at Oklahoma City's Star Spencer High School.


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Houston's prior offenses
Wednesday wasn't the first time Byron Houston had been arrested for indecent exposure. A quick look at his prior offenses:

•Sept. 30, 2001: Arrested after several women reported seeing Houston masturbating on his apartment balcony.

•May 28, 2002: Arrested after he was seen masturbating through a window.

•Aug. 30, 2002: Arrested after a woman reported seeing Houston masturbating in his vehicle.

•March 4, 2003: After pleading guilty to four counts of indecent exposure, he received a suspended sentence and was ordered to undergo treatment.

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