Man Sentenced To Life For Masturbating In Public Gets Sentence Overturned

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Dennis Davidson, a man described as an “incurable public masturbator” has had his life sentence for masturbating in public reversed by the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Live is reporting. The Supreme Court said the life sentence for the 39-year-old was too severe and did not match his crime.

Dennis Davidson was first arrested for public indecency in 2006, when a neighbor found him masturbating on someone else’s porch. According to court papers, when the Oregon man saw a neighbor watching him he asked, “you want some of this?”

Police later found an incriminating letter wherein Davidson confessed to having a crush on the house owner, always pleasuring himself when she mowed her lawn. Dennis lived nearby with his grandmother.

The unstoppable masturbator later received a 28-month prison sentence when he was found masturbating near an elementary school playground. In a matter of days after being released from prison, Dennis was arrested again for masturbating in front of some women and a child in a store parking lot.

The nut case told the officer that arrested him that he masturbated in front of the women because he believed it would help him “get a date” with one of them. In 2011, Davidson was sentenced to life in prison after masturbating in front of children having their lunch in a Salem park.

The court had described Dennis Davidson as an “incorrigible offender” who could not mend his masturbation ways, even though he had not been convicted for sexual assault or rape. Due to his high number of public indecency convictions, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Oregon Supreme Court agreed that punishment was required for Davidson’s crimes, but deemed a life sentence unconstitutional because the punishment was not “proportioned to the offense,” especially when he had never been convicted of raping, sodomizing, or sexually touching any of his victims, unlike other sexual offenders who rightfully bagged their life terms.

The apex court said the 39-year-old did not deserve “the most severe penalty available under Oregon law, other than the death penalty.”

Ernest Lannet, the public defender who represented Davidson hailed the decision of the court, pointing out that the ruling proved that all sex offenders not were the same. He argued that child rapists should not be lumped together with masturbators.

Lannet also noted that Davidson suffers from a traumatic brain injury he received when he was struck in the head with a baseball bat when he was a teenager. He said the incident might have affected his view of reality, causing him to masturbate in front of people and to see nothing wrong with it. The Supreme Court noted that the 39-year-old “showed little or no understanding that society views public sexual behavior as unacceptable.”

The Supreme Court of Oregon might have upturned Davidson’s sentence, but it has decided to keep the life sentence of another incurable public masturbator — William Althouse.

Althouse had a lengthy history of sexually assaulting children in between his masturbation sessions. Earlier this year, the court ruled that it was right to sentence William Althouse to life in prison after he was found pleasuring himself to a woman on a jogging path.

The court cited that the life sentence was constitutionally sound because of Althouse’s lengthy and disturbing record of sexually assaulting young children and exposing himself in public for over 30 years. In one of the assaults, Althouse had followed a nine-year-old boy to his mobile home and won his trust by asking him to play a board game with him. He had stuffed a shirt in the boy’s mouth and sexually assaulted him.

Dennis Davidson will be given a new sentence soon.

Do you think a life sentence is harsh for a repeat public masturbation offender?

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