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Man who exposed himself to women in Kamloops will be released

November 11, 2020 - 6:30 AM

A Kamloops man facing charges of indecent acts in public will serve one additional day in prison before he is released on probation.

Kenneth Wayne Wickstrom, 65, appeared in Kamloops court today, Nov. 10, on three separate incidents of exposing himself in public. He pleaded guilty to exposing himself to a woman at a Kamloops elementary school April 20, 2020. Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston told the court that Wickstrom was laying on the ground in the schoolyard when the woman noticed him talking to himself. Wickstrom then lifted his leg up, asking the woman if she could "see it," before putting his leg down and exposing his genitals. 

Wickstrom has a long history of prior charges for committing indecent acts in public, amassing over a dozen separate charges since 2003 in several B.C. cities. 

His criminal record also includes theft, fraud and many probation violations. 

Defence lawyer Kristjan Thorsteinson told the court today that Wickstrom has a history of drug addiction and he was high on methamphetamine during the incident at the Kamloops schoolyard in April.

He added that since his arrest, Wickstrom has been making efforts to stay clean and has attended addictions counselling on his own initiative.  

In a joint submission to the court, Crown lawyer Livingston and defence lawyer Thorsteinson requested time served plus one day, the day of the sentencing, followed by a year of probation.

The terms of Wickstrom's probation included a no-contact order for four complainants, three of whom were connected to two similar offences which occurred prior to Wickstrom's arrest in April. 

Further, Wickstrom would not be allowed to go to any school, playground or daycare, and be prohibited from returning to the locations of two previous offences, the Denny's restaurant on Columbia Street and Peterson Creek Park. 

Judge Stephen Harrison agreed to the joint submission and deemed the sentencing appropriate. Upon his release Nov. 11, Wickstrom will have served 205 days in prison for this charge.  

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