Valuable input from ‘Dog’ the bounty hunter

‘Dog’ the bounty hunter provides valuable input on legislation
I’ve always believed that the private sector, given the opportunity, can operate more efficiently than government. In few areas is that concept better exemplified than in bail bonding. Returning defendants to custody is the most difficult part of the industry. It’s also when the industry is most reliant on bounty hunters.

Oklahoma has seen an influx of bad actors in this field. High-profile stories have caused public outcry and requests to do something. For two years, my colleagues and I have been attempting to reform the industry through training, regulation and certification for bounty hunters. This has drawn the interest of one of the most recognizable characters on reality television — Duane “Dog” the Bounty Hunter. I had heard many opinions about Dog and his character. I had also heard many opinions about how his team members conduct themselves during the operation of their business. These questions were answered when I was given the opportunity recently to spend time with Dog and his team in Oklahoma City.

The bulk of Dog’s and his wife Beth’s time on the job is spent in preparation and in counseling defendants. In each case, the couple would immediately begin doing what they could to help defendants turn their lives around. Upon their release, many defendants were ready and willing to do so. We are blessed to have their input on establishing regulations for their industry. I count it an honor to call them my friends and look forward to working with them in the future.
Sen. Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma City
Shortey, a Republican, is author of Senate Bill 1013, which would create the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Ac

Dog Chapman Reacts To Charges Being Dropped

Statement From Dog Chapman:

“I am satisfied with the outcome of the Nguyen case, and have no “humbug” feelings towards him,” said Chapman. “It’s my job to find ‘em and fix ‘em – not put more charges on a fugitive. That’s not my style. Nguyen apologized to me when I captured him, and I’m cool with that.”

Dog’s Rep Says No Comment To Tax Reports

TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman owes more than $2 million in unpaid taxes, Pacific Business News reported.

The Internal Revenue Service has filed tax liens that were recorded with the state Bureau of Conveyances on Jan. 27, alleging Chapman owed the IRS the unpaid taxes dating back to 2002, according to PBN.

Chapman owes $106,553 on 2002 income, $99,235 for 2003, $283,514 for 2004 and $1.56 million in 2005, according to PBN. Dennis Duban, identified as Chapman’s Los Angeles-based accountant, told the Honolulu business publication that Chapman says most of the taxes have been paid.

Duban told PBN that Chapman owes taxes for 2006 and 2007, but has paid taxes owed from 2002 to 2005. Duban told PBN that there often is a lag between the time the IRS receives the payment and when the liens are released.

Mona Wood, a spokeswoman for Chapman, would not comment when contacted by The Advertiser.

In the past, the IRS filed liens against Chapman for unpaid income in 1993 and 1994, according to PBN.

Tim Chapman Comments And Videos

Judge finds Chapman not guilty of indecent exposure
Posted: Feb 2, 2009 11:04 PM

Updated: Feb 2, 2009 11:44 PM

Tim Chapman
Tim Chapman
 

By Minna Sugimoto – bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) – A big court victory for a former co-star of the hit TV show “Dog, the Bounty Hunter.” Late Monday afternoon, an Oahu judge found Timothy Chapman not guilty of indecent exposure.

Following his acquittal, Chapman spoke with reporters and called the week-long trial a “waste of taxpayer money.”

The day starts with former reality TV star Timothy Chapman taking the witness stand in his own defense. He testifies he drove into the Bank of Hawaii parking lot at Ala Moana Center to change his jeans, after he spilled some orange juice.

“As I went to grab it, I actually hit it like that,” he demonstrated with the cup in evidence.

“And what did that cause the cup to do?” Brook Hart, defense attorney, asked.

“It caused the cup to tip and the orange juice just spilled everywhere.”

He says he first used baby wipes to mop up the juice on his genitalia.

A woman earlier testified she saw Chapman masturbating inside his parked truck.

“Defendant parked in that stall purposely to engage in the conduct for which he was charged,” Wayne Tashima, deputy prosecutor, said in his closing arguments.

But Circuit Judge Richard Perkins finds no direct evidence that the defendant was aware the woman was watching and acted intentionally. The 43-year-old is acquitted on the indecent exposure charge.

“When our school teachers need more money, and we gotta reach in the tail to give them, we gotta reach inside the till to give them more money, the only thing we grab out for them is more excuses,” Chapman said after the verdict. “And maybe this is part of the reason why. This is a blatant waste of taxpayer money.”

Chapman says he would love to return to the hit TV show someday.

“It’s been a long year,” he said. “The only thing I really want to do right now is, I haven’t seen my kids in two weeks, just go home to my children.”

The judge in the jury-waived trial already found the defendant not guilty of the more serious charge of terroristic threatening last week. Prosecutors had said when security officers arrived at the scene that night, Chapman started his truck and sped off, nearly hitting one of guards.

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Dog’s “brother” Innocent

Dog’ Chapman’s Brother Acquitted

Tim Chapman Blasts Prosecution

 

POSTED: 3:48 pm HST February 2, 2009
UPDATED: 6:49 pm HST February 2, 2009

 

The reality-show sidekick of Duane “Dog” Chapman was acquitted of indecent exposure Monday. 

Tim Chapman took the stand to claim it was all a misunderstanding which began with spilled orange juice. 

The indecency and threatening charges against Tim Chapman could not have come at a worse time. Last January, the Bounty Hunter show was off the air because of the “Dog’s” racial comments and his wife Beth had warned the cast to stay away from bad press or else. 

Chapman said he pulled into an Ala Moana parking space so he could privately clean up after spilling orange juice on his lap. 

“I looked out the front windshield to make sure there wasn’t anybody around the truck before I did that,” Chapman said. 

But he was wrong. A woman witnessed his baby wipe bath. 

“I took another wipe, proceeded to wipe down again up down on both sides,” Chapman said. 

He said he fled the scene when because he thought arriving security guards would call the media. Beth Chapman had warned him against publicity just two days before. 

“I thought uh this is exactly what she told us not to do — involvement with the media,” Chapman said. 

“Would a guy then go off and risk his entire life two days later by exposing himself in a public parking lot?” said defense attorney Brook Hart. 

But prosecutors argued Chapman could have chosen a more private place and fleeing made him look guilty. But Judge Richard Perkins, who earlier threw out a terroristic threatening felony charge, said prosecutors didn’t prove he intentionally exposed himself. 

“Given that, I find you not guilty,” said Perkins. 

Chapman came out blasting the prosecution. 

“What a blatant waste of taxpayers’ dollars, just incredible,” Chapman said. 

Deputy prosecutor Wayne Teshima said based on the evidence he believes that Chapman did expose himself. 

“I still believe that, yes,” Teshima said. 

Chapman said now that he is acquitted he’d love to get back on the television show, but he said the main reason he fought the charge was because a conviction would have made it harder to win custody of his two children

Tim Followup From Star Bulletin

Chapman is acquitted

The state fails to prove he purposely exposed himself, a judge rules

By Nelson Daranciang 

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 03, 2009

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A state judge found reality television show star Timothy Chapman not guilty yesterday of indecent exposure.

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Tim Chapman was acquitted of indecent exposure taking the stand to claim it was all a misunderstanding.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins found that the state did prove Chapman exposed his genitals to a woman in a parking lot near Ala Moana Center on Jan. 3, 2008. But he said the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chapman was aware the woman saw him.

According to state law, a person commits the offense of indecent exposure if he intentionally exposes his genitals to someone other than his spouse in the likelihood that the exposure will cause affront.

The woman had testified that she saw Chapman masturbating in the front seat of his pickup truck and notified Ala Moana Center security.

Chapman said he removed his trousers to wipe spilled orange juice off himself, including his genitals, using disposable moist towelettes he cupped in his hand.

Perkins had earlier dismissed a felony terroristic threatening charge against Chapman because he said the state did not present evidence that Chapman communicated a threat to terrorize or harm an Ala Moana Center security guard when he drove his pickup truck in the security guard’s direction.

Chapman testified he fled because he heard one of the responding security guards tell the other one to call a local television station, and he did not want to expose himself to negative media attention.

He said he is pleased with the judge’s verdict and called the city’s prosecution of him “a blatant waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Tashima said the state pursued the charges against Chapman because it felt it had the evidence to convict him.

Indecent exposure is a petty misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

But Chapman suggested the stakes were much higher.

He was a cast member on the show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” He shares the last name of but is not related to the show’s main character, Duane “Dog” Chapman.

Timothy Chapman said he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on the show but has not been on the air since the show resumed last year, because of his pending criminal charges. Because of his acquittal yesterday, he said he can now discuss his possible return to the show.

But he said his overriding concern in fighting the charges was his children.

His wife filed for divorce last week and for custody of their two children. He said he felt the state was trying to take his children away from him.

Tim Chapman found not guilty of indecent exposure

Tim Chapman found not guilty of indecent exposure
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Bounty hunter Timothy Chapman was found not guilty of indecent exposure in Circuit Court today.
 Chapman is a sidekick of Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the popular “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality television show.

He said in testimony today he was being paid “hundreds of thousands” of dollars a year for appearing on the show before it went off the air last year and he has not been a cast member since broadcasts resumed.

Chapman denied witness accounts that he appeared to be masturbating or fondling himself while sitting in a truck at the Ala Moana shopping center the evening of January 3, 2008.

He said he had spilled orange juice in his lap and moved into the back seat of the truck to clean himself off and change his pants.

Chapman said he doesn’t wear underwear and used baby wipes to clean his groin area before putting on another pair of pants.

Then he realized that his replacement pants were too loose and would fall off because he didn’t have a belt, he needed to put on a third pair of pants. Before doing that, he said, he cleaned his groin area again because it was still wet from the orange juice.

After he put on the the third pair of pants, a security guard arrived on the scene and ordered him to get out of the truck, Chapman testified.

Chapman said he and other cast members of the reality show had been warned by Duane Chapman’s wife Beth to avoid getting into situations that could lead to bad publicity, so he decided to leave the area.

He said he moved back into the front seat, and drove the truck over and sidewalk and left the area.

Under questioning from defense lawyer Brook Hart, Chapman said he believed no one could see him while he was in the back seat because of the truck’s tinted windows.

Asked if he was “concerned” because he wasn’t wearing underwear, Chapman said, “No, I figured I had enough privacy with the tinted windows.”

Chapman said he never saw a passing pedestrian who claimed she saw Chapman apparently masturbating while sitting in the front seat of the truck.

Security guard Jason Wessel testified that Chapman was in the driver’s seat when Wessel arrived at the scene and only moved to the back when he saw the guard.

Chapman wasn’t wearing pants, according to Wessel.

Wessel claimed that Chapman nearly ran him down when he drove away. That led to a felony charge of terroristic threatening, but Circuit Judge Richard Perkins dismissed that charge last week for lack of evidence.

The remaining charge is a petty misdemeanor.

Chapman explained that he had extra clothes in his car because he had moved out of his house after his wife had an affair and became pregnant.

His wife filed for divorce last week just as the criminal trial began.