Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Man found guilty of exposing himself

September 26, 2006


A jury deliberated for 15 minutes Monday before finding a Lawrence man guilty of exposing himself to a 14-year-old girl this spring near a school bus stop in northern Lawrence.

Jurors in Douglas County District Court found Shawn Michael Bedient guilty of felony lewd and lascivious conduct, Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said. He likely will receive probation under state sentencing guidelines and will be sentenced in early November.

Bedient, 36 at the time of his arrest in late April, was caught by police at Clinton Lake a few days after the incident, based on a tip from a crossing guard at Pinckney School who had spotted a man matching a description given by police to school district employees.


Steve Mechels 11 years, 9 months ago

Please note that the judges must follow STATE guidelines for sentencing. It is not the judges fault that the guidelines are too lenient. About the only way anyone gets jail time anymore is if they cause a personal, physical injury. Anything else is almost always probation.

dozer 11 years, 9 months ago

aeroscout 17 is right on point. It's not up to the Judges, they are limited by the sentencing guidelines. If this guy has no criminal history, he is looking at 6 months presumptive probation.

Confrontation 11 years, 9 months ago

It's sad that this sick pervert will be back on the street!

Alison Smith 11 years, 9 months ago

How sad. He's been doing really well but something must of gone awry. I wish there was some way to more effectively help the mentally ill.

Think of the pain and expense of treating an illness through the judicial system. Mental impairments trap you inside your own body by rendering your perceptions useless until your only "logical" thoughts are either turned against you or are those coming from a guiding voice that rises above the deafening grind of your mind trying to find the right gear.

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