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Public masturbator has life sentence overturned by Oregon Supreme Court

September 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Public masturbator has life sentence overturned by Oregon Supreme Court

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A notorious public masturbator in Oregon will no longer spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The Oregon Supreme Court modified the life sentence for Dennis James Davidson, citing that his sentence did not fit the crime.

According to the Daily Mail, 39-year-old Davidson had recurring public indecency convictions and was sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole under Oregon’s three-strike legislation for repeat sex offenders.

The court decided that although the man was an “incorrigible” criminal, suggesting that he could not be rehabilitated, he had never been found guilty of sexual assault or rape.

Davidson was issued his life sentence after he was arrested back in 2011 when he was found masturbating in front of a group of women and children at a park.

He was then discovered masturbating again by police officers who arrived at the scene when the women contacted 911.

Davidson was first found guilty of public indecency in 2006 when a citizen caught the public masturbator in the act on the porch of a residence.

According to court records, when Davidson saw the neighbor, he shouted: “You want some of this?”

Davidson did not live at the house and the homeowner said he didn’t know him.

Law enforcement officials discovered a letter in his backpack which stated that Davidson had a crush on the owner and that he liked to watch her mow the lawn.

Davidson was issued a 28-month jail sentence months after the incident when he was spotted masturbating beside an elementary school park.

Just days after he got out of prison, Davidson was once again seen masturbating in front of a group of women and a child in a store parking lot.

Davidson told the police that he had started masturbating in front of the women because he believed it would make them “hot” and that he would be able to “get a date.”

The Supreme Court in Oregon ruled that Davidson’s life sentence was unconstitutional because the sentence was not “proportioned to the offense.”

Ernest Lannet, Davidson’s lawyer during the appeal process, said the court’s ruling confirmed that not all consistent felony sex offenders are the same, The Oregonian reported.

Earlier this summer, the court upheld a life sentence for another serial public masturbator identified as William Michael Althouse.

Althouse had a long past of sexually assaulting children, including a nine-year-old, in addition to his public indecency charges.

Lannet added that his client suffers from a traumatic brain injury he sustained when he was hit in the head with a baseball bat when he was a teen.

Additionally, Davidson lost his left eye due to problems from his injuries, and the event may be linked to his distorted view of reality, court records indicate.

The court also noted that Davidson “showed little or no understanding that society views his public sexual behavior as unacceptable.”

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