Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, June 29, 2007 Page: 38 of 68
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Porn star Mark Dalton back in jail, misses Houston Pride appearance
By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer
SAY CHEESE: Dalton in his most recent police photo, which
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Mark Dalton, the iconic, muscle-bound adult
video star and model, has landed back in jail.
Dalton was confined in the Denton County jail
on June 13 following a domestic violence inci-
dent on May 31. He is being held without bail.
The North Texas native was scheduled to
appear on June 23 at Houston's gay Pride parade
with fellow Texas-bred porn actor Zeb Atlas, but
was arrested and confined to a Denton detention
facility about a week before the event.
"He missed the booking in Houston for the
parade and the show at South Beach. We were
sorry he missed the engagements," said David
Forest, Dalton's manager and agent. Atlas
appeared alone at the event, Forest said.
Dalton, whose real name is Jeremy James
Sons, has had legal run-ins dating back to at least
2001. His current incarceration ultimately stems
from a 2004 drug possession conviction that
resulted in Dalton being sentenced to five years
in prison. He was released in 2005 after serving
about 13 months, but put on probation for the
next three-plus years, according to Forest.
"You cannot have any altercation with the
law" while on parole, said Forest, who himself
has a criminal record that includes a probationary
release. "Sometimes even a speeding ticket can
The May incident certainly did that.
According to Forest and court records, Dalton
was arrested in Denton on May 31, posted bail
on June 1 and was released. That probably
should not have happened, Forest said.
"How did he bail out while on parole? We
don't know. He probably shouldn't have been
allowed to bail out. His prison sentence was like
five years and he was going to be on parole for
some time," he said.
some bloggers have labeled the "hottest mug shot ever."
Dalton's arrest and release came to the atten-
tion of his parole officer several days later, and
on June 11 a warrant for his arrest was issued. On
June 13, Dalton was picked up and eventually
taken the county jail on a "no bail" hold.
He remained in jail for the parole violation for
a week before any charges were filed related to
the most recent incident. On June 21, he was for-
mally charged with two misdemeanors: Assault
causing bodily injury/family violence and inter-
ference with an emergency call.
An arraignment hearing on those charges is
scheduled for July 16, but no matter what hap-
pens at that hearing, Dalton should remain in jail.
"He will not be let out or sent back to prison
yet," Forest said. "The parole board will not
address [the parole violation] until [the current
charges] have been adjudicated."
Violation of parole can result in the offender
being returned to prison to complete the original
sentence, or leniency can be shown and the
parolee released. The latter is unlikely to happen
if Dalton is convicted of the new charges.
Dalton, who has been married to Heidi Martin
since at least 2004, has never done "hardcore"
gay pornography. His latest video, "Mark Meets
Zeb: The Texas Two Step^ has already been a
huge hit for its online distributor, TLA Releasing,
according to Forest. It will hit stores nationwide
in early August. Other than the Houston Pride
event, Dalton had no other movies or personal
appearance scheduled prior to his arrest.
"It's been bumpy but he's been a delightful
guy," said Forest, who has represented Dalton for
six years. "We're sorry this has happened."
Dalton's attorney and parents were contacted
for comment but did not return phone calls prior
to press time.
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Nash, Tammye. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, June 29, 2007, newspaper, June 29, 2007; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238967/m1/38/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.