If you live in Amarillo, there's no doubt you've seen his work. Stanley Marsh 3, the eccentric, well-to-do, artist began making his mark on Amarillo years ago.
He's probably most well known for his unusual art display west of town constructed in the 1970's -- 10 Cadillacs stuck nose-down in the middle of a field. Marsh's name is also sprinkled throughout Amarillo in the form of mock road signs he created, signs you've probably seen but not understood.
The millionaire and his family also contributed in several ways to education in Amarillo such as founding and funding the Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Leadership in Pharmacology & Neurochemistry of Substance Abuse/Addiction at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. They also donated 42 acres of land for the construction of Ascension Academy in 1999, a private school.
Son of a wealthy oilman in the Texas Panhandle, Marsh owned a local television station for years, and owned offices on the 12th floor of the Chase Tower in downtown Amarillo. It was there, as well as in his massive estate of a home, better known as "Toad Hall", that many of the alleged sexual acts reportedly took place.
But, this isn't the first time Marsh has faced trouble with the law. As early as 1996, Marsh was indicted for Indecency With a Child, but those charges were dismissed. A few years later, there were four more lawsuits filed on the man for things including "sexual misconduct and harassment of teens". Those suits were settled, and besides a brief apology for his actions, kept mostly quiet.
Now, more than a decade later, he's back in hot water for allegations, some are saying, are not so shockingly similar.
Stanley Marsh 3 remained free Thursday night after he bonded out of the Potter County Detention Center Wednesday evening on criminal charges of sexually exploiting two minors. As far as the most recent criminal complaints filed against Marsh, Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell, who filed the charges, said Marsh will face a grand jury in Potter County but probably not until a few weeks into the new year.
When it comes to sentencing, Powell said, his age and health will be factors. He is eligible for probation, however, the maximum charge for those second degree felonies could go up to 20 years in prison.