Posted BY: William Sullivan
In 2020, 54-year-old Michigander Steven Pastoor was finally nabbed. He had been dubbed the “Cascade Flasher,” confessing to having exposed his genitals to unsuspecting victims for decades. He eventually targeted one woman in particular, who set up a camera to catch him in the act. The police made a hasty arrest.
“We take this crime very seriously,” the police said. Indeed, the law certainly allowed a serious penalty for the extent of his crimes, which could range from one day in prison to life in prison, the Detroit News reported. But in the end, a seemingly repentant Pastoor pleaded guilty to just three counts of aggravated indecent exposure, which is a “two-year high court misdemeanor.” He claimed to have been sexually abused as a teenager by an older family friend (suffering that went curiously undisclosed until he faced the prospect of a long prison stint), and that this was the root of his sexual deviancy.
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“The prosecution and victims sought the maximum sentence,” Michigan Live reports, “while the defense asked that Pastoor only serve probation, with the threat of a jail term for any violations.” The judge “received many letters of support for Pastoor, as well as letters from the victims,” and while he said that the crime “has to be taken seriously,” he was apparently more moved by Pastoor’s defenders, sentencing him to only 180 days in jail and five years of probation.