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.
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.”
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.
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.