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Jury Convicts Man of Indecent Exposure

Santa Rosa, CA  –  August 17, 2017  –  Defendant Stephen Paul Zimmerman, 63 years old of Santa Rosa, was convicted yesterday by a Sonoma County jury of indecent exposure.  The jury also found true an allegation that Zimmerman had previously been convicted of a separate indecent exposure offense stemming from an incident in 2004.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant was just recently placed under the supervision of the courts for multiple theft offenses.  His response was to almost immediately engage in further criminal activity.  We thank the jury for their service and for holding this man accountable for his actions.”

Zimmerman’s most recent indecent exposure charge resulted from an incident that occurred on June 16, 2017 in a public area just north of a shopping center on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.  Numerous people saw Zimmerman exposing his genitals, and Zimmerman was heard making sexual comments.  Zimmerman also waved at a woman before he proceeded to masturbate while staring at her.  Zimmerman was convicted by a jury of indecent exposure in 2004 after exposing himself at a Santa Rosa homeless shelter.

Zimmerman will be sentenced on September 7, 2017 by the Honorable Elliot Daum who presided over this trial.  Although indecent exposure is a misdemeanor offense, Zimmerman’s prior conviction for the same conduct elevates the current offense to a felony.  Zimmerman was also on probation at the time of his most recent offense for a string of dine-and-dash incidents in Santa Rosa restaurants. He will be subject to sentencing for those offenses on September 7th as well.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Lukas, assisted by District Attorney Investigators Kris Allen and Robyn Katz. The Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.


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