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Man convicted of flashing in Penticton released on bail in Vernon

March 05, 2020 - 6:30 PM

An Okanagan man with a history of exposing himself to children has been released on bail in Vernon after he was arrested for breaching a court-ordered curfew.

Today, March 5, at the Vernon courthouse Judge Dennis Morgan released David Ernest Friesen on bail to wait for a future court date on two charges of breaching his probation by failing to comply with a curfew.

Friesen, born 1952, is on three-year probation after being sentenced in June 2019 to nine months jail time for an incident where he exposed his genitals to a 12-year-old boy in a Penticton playground in October 2018.
Friesen had previously done jail time for exposing himself to a mother and her two children at the Penticton library in 2016.

All details from the bail hearing are prohibited under a court-ordered publication ban. While Friesen's other crimes occurred in Penticton, court documents say he breached his curfew in February in Vernon.

Friesen has a long troublesome history and has a lifetime ban on visiting public parks and playgrounds as well as places where a person under 16 years of age might be found.

In 2009, he was given a conditional discharge for an assault on a 14-year-old autistic boy.

In June 2019, Judge Gregory Koturbash said Friesen needed to be institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital but he did not have the power to order that. Instead, Judge Koturbash ordered Friesen, who was homeless at the time, to be put under 24-hour house arrest following his release from jail until suitable accommodation could be made for him and he could be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Friesen will appear back in court at a later date.

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