Female Flasher begs to be free
Second time she's been convicted
The Winnipeg Sun, SUN MEDIA, by DEAN PRITCHARD, May 29, 2008
A 21-year-old woman convicted for the second time of exposing herself in front of schoolchildren begged to be released from jail yesterday, claiming she has learned her lesson.
"I promise I won't do it again, I mean it this time," said the woman, who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Police arrested the woman May 12 after she exposed her breasts to a passing truck at the intersection of St. John's Avenue and Charles Street, in plain view of a nine-year-old boy a short distance away.
"I didn't mean to do that in front of the kid, I didn't see him," the woman said.
Court heard the woman "frequently acts impulsively" and lives on her own with the support of around-the-clock social workers.
At the time of her arrest, the woman was bound by a strict probation order in connection with a similar incident two months earlier.
The woman was standing across the street from an elementary school at 8:30 a.m. when she exposed her breasts to three passing school buses and dozens of children walking on the sidewalk, community prosecutor Susan Helenchilde told court.
"The Crown has serious concerns about what kind of impact that will have on the children in the future," said Helenchilde, who recommended the woman be sentenced to a further 90 days in jail for her most recent offence.
"It is not my desire to see this lady confined to a jail cell, but in the interest of public safety I really don't see any other solution."
Defence lawyer Don Henderson said one year in jail was "far too excessive" and urged Judge Ted Lismer to sentence his client to 16 days time served.
Henderson argued the woman did not have adequate time to adjust to the terms of her probation order before she re-offended.
"With the FASD, she can't be treated as a normal person," Henderson said. "She functions Read More .. an adolescent child level."
Lismer agreed and sentenced the woman to an additional one week in custody.
"I'm giving you the benefit of what you are saying and that you are sincere in what you say," Lismer told the woman.