Waco: Businessman, attorney, charged with indecent exposure

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A well-known Waco businessman and attorney has been accused of exposing himself to female employees at several local fast-food restaurants.

Bobby Mathew Dove. (Jail photo)

Bobby Mathew Dove, better known as Matt Dove, 63, was arrested by Waco police Tuesday and booked into the McLennan County Jail on a charge of indecent exposure.

He was later released after posting a $1,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, on May 17, a white male, later identified as Dove, exposed his penis to two female employees working the drive-thru at the Chick-fil-A in the 4300 block of Franklin Avenue.

Dove was driving a green Mercedes, and as the victim walked up to the car window to take payment for the food he ordered, she saw the suspect’s penis laying on a white bag in his lap, according to the affidavit.

“The suspect began smiling at the victim,” the affidavit says.

“The victim quickly walked away from the vehicle.”

A second female employee also walked up to the vehicle and saw Dove’s exposed genitals; both victims went to tell management, however, Dove drove off before police arrived, the affidavit says.

The uniqueness of the car apparently sparked the memory of one of the officers, said Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton.

“One of the officers remembered that same vehicle description involved in another incident of the same type that occurred earlier in the year,” said Swanton.

Dove was given a Class C ticket for indecent exposure for a similar incident in late January after a man driving a car with the same vehicle description exposed himself to a young woman working the drive-thru window at the Dairy Queen in the 1400 block of North New Road, Swanton said.

In the May incident, the manager of Chick-fil-A was able to obtain the license plate number, and later surveillance video.

After checking the plate, officers made contact with suspect who admitted to being at the Chick-fil-A and having a white bag in his lap, but denied exposing himself, the affidavit states.

“They went back out to the house and determined it was him again, made a report, and detectives were able to get a warrant for indecent exposure,” said Swanton.

A warrant was issued for Dove’s arrest on Tuesday after the victim was able pick Dove out of a lineup, according to the affidavit.

“The victim also reported that the suspect had done this at the Chic-fil-A on multiple occasions,” the affidavit says.

Swanton said this was a good example of citizens and police working together.

“We’re fortunate that one of the officers had realized this guy had done this before and apparently didn’t learn his lesson the first time,” said Swanton.

“That’s good police work, being able to remember things that occurred that far back, recognizing he did this again.”

“It just goes to show when the community and police work together, we can put these kind of offenders in jail, and obviously this guy needed to go to jail because his behavior is absolutely inappropriate,” he said.

Records show Dove graduated from Baylor Law School in 1977 and is a former partner of a prestigious Waco law firm.

“Mr. Dove was a member of the law firm Campbell Cherry Harrison Davis Dove, P.C.,” the firm said in a statement Wednesday. “He retired in 2007.”

Although he’s retired, according to the State Bar of Texas, Dove is still licensed to practice law.

Officials confirmed, Dove was on the original Board of Directors of the Baylor Bear Foundation, which assists in volunteer fundraising for the athletic department.

He owns Dove Properties LLC which, according to county records, owns the Speight Avenue strip center.