The Daily Telegraph

January 08, 2009

A MAN who jogged through affluent suburbs wearing only a beanie, jacket and runners told police his indecent exposure offending “just happens”.

Serial flasher Gabriel Romanos, 42, of St Albans, exposed himself as he ran through the streets of Doncaster, Hawthorn, Canterbury and Balwyn on May 14 last year.

He shed his beanie and jacket during his streak and was only wearing his shoes when he ran through Balwyn.

Witnesses, including a four-year-old child, saw Romanos sprint past, according to tendered court documents.

At one point, one witness saw him perform an indecent act.

Romanos was given a nine-month intensive corrections order in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

The order comes with a conviction and combines strictly supervised treatment, education and unpaid community work.

Magistrate Heather Spooner also placed Romanos – who has 58 prior convictions for similar offences – on the sex offenders register for 15 years.

“You have an atrocious history for this sort of behaviour,” she said.

Police prosecutor, Senior Constable Nathan Greenwood, argued Romanos’ offending was at the higher end of the scale and his crimes needed to be condemned.

He said the community needed to be protected and requested Romanos be registered as a sex offender for a longer term than his current period of 11 years.

Ms Spooner said previous jail time had failed to stop Romanos’ behaviour and a “troubling” psychiatric report showed he posed a high risk of reoffending.

But she said with the intensive counselling and job support provided with the order, his offending would hopefully end.

Ms Spooner warned Romanos a breach of the order could lead to more jail time.

Romanos was arrested as he ran into a golf course at Doncaster.

He pleaded guilty to wilful and obscene exposure but could not provide police a reason for his actions.

“I have none. It just happens,” he told police.

COMMENT:

The report says the community needs to be “protected”.

From what???????????????????????????

The sight of a penis?????????????

Fuck me!

That is not too different to when we were “protected” against the sight of a bare nipple!

Just how “protected” does a society have to be????

When will we grow up and not have to be “protected” against the sight of a dick???!!!

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