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Kamloops man faces stringent probation terms after exposing self at elementary school

February 04, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man who exposed himself at a Valleyview elementary school last October will face strict conditions for the next two years once he’s released from jail.

In Kamloops Provincial Court today, Feb. 4, Judge Stephen Harrison handed Christopher Jonathon Mathieu a 150-day jail sentence along with a two-year probation term which, among several conditions, precludes him from accessing the Internet.

In November 2015, Mathieu pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on Oct. 23 — the same day he was found exposing himself outside Marion Schilling Elementary School in Valleyview.

Harrison said staff members witnessed Mathieu expose his penis and hold it while he stood outside the school doors. There were no children at the school during the incident as it was a professional development day. After locking the doors, a staff member contacted Kamloops RCMP who caught up to Mathieu a short distance from the school property.

Harrison said police noticed Mathieu was oddly dressed. He told police he found the clothes he was wearing and noticed there was tear in the pants which exposed his genitals. After searching Mathieu's bag, investigators found a meth pipe and a cellphone containing over 30 pictures of naked children.

Two days prior, RCMP found a rifle in a bag at the house Mathieu shared with his grandmother. He told officers he was "holding the gun for a friend" and pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a prohibited firearm without a license and improper storage of a firearm.

Mathieu has been in custody since the event and has 28 days left to serve on his sentence. Following that, he faces curfew restrictions and is ordered to complete a sex offender treatment program. For the next two years he is not permitted to possess pornography or access it electronically and he is not permitted to access the Internet unless he is on a public computer. He cannot possess guns, drug paraphernalia, drugs or alcohol.

Because of his conviction of possessing child pornography, he is not to have contact with anyone under the age of 15 and must submit his DNA into a national database.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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