Indecent exposures just a flash in the pan? Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:13 am
When a man raised his shirt and pulled down his pants to a woman near downtown Palo Alto on Jan. 31, his act was perhaps shocking. But psychology and criminology experts say it doesn't necessarily mean the man, if he did do the crime, will commit violent sexual crimes in the future.
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Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:18 am
It's stated the 2nd conviction is a felony and can mean prison time. But with California's crowded prisons, we are told in the press that lots of offenders are let out really early.It doesn't sound like a deterrent in this state.
Posted by Toi et moi, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Didn't the Boston Strangler start out as a flasher?
When I went to Boston U, this was a huge problem on the campus borders. The police there told us the best thing to do was to laugh at a flasher. The embarrassment to them would eventually cause them to stop. But we were told to always call 911, because the local rumor was that this was how the Strangler got his start, but it kept escalating, to rape and then rape/ murders.
Apparently Peeping Toms will escalate their cri es, too, so it is important to report them as well.