DECATUR — Demeral Brazier, a 33-year-old Decatur parolee, is facing new charges after he allegedly grabbed the arm of a letter carrier and exposed himself to her.
The letter carrier was working on her route Dec. 19, when she approached a residence in the 2000 block of North Monroe Street.
“She was initially going to hand the mail to a child who she knew lived at the address, but Brazier said he would take the mail,” Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said.
When the 51-year-old letter carrier walked up to the porch and reached through the railing spindles to hand the mail to him, Brazier stood up, grabbed her wrist and said, “I have something for you,” said Copeland, reading from a police report. When Brazier stood up, he exposed himself to the woman, who observed that his pajama bottoms were pulled down. The letter carrier walked away from the residence and called the police.
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Brazier was arrested on misdemeanor charges the same day and ordered to appear in court in January.
But on Dec. 28, he was returned to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation. He was serving a six-year sentence for manufacture/delivery of cocaine in a 2012 case, and had been released on parole in 2015.
He was released from prison on parole once more on Thursday, then booked into the Macon County Jail. Brazier was arraigned Friday in Macon County Circuit Court on charges of public indecency and battery. He was then released from jail, after $500 cash bail was posted for him on Friday. He is due back in court May 2 to present his attorney.
Brazier has seven felony convictions in Macon County cases since 2002 and has served seven terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was sentenced to four years for residential burglary; three years each for aggravated battery/public place, robbery and theft; and a one-year and two-year term for domestic battery/bodily harm.