Santa Rosa, CA – February 28, 2019 – Defendant Dan
Edward Scheiner, fifty three years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by
the Honorable Barbara Phelan after having pled no contest on January 25, 2018
to three counts of engaging in lewd conduct, all misdemeanors. The defendant
was ordered to register as a sex offender, will be on probation for four years,
and will be required to serve sixty days in the Sonoma County jail.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant engaged in predatory conduct.
This sentence assures he will be supervised in the community by the probation
department, and he will be tracked through the sex offender database.”
resulted from three separate incidences involving three separate women. On June
7, 2017, a 36 year old woman was leaving work at the Factory Outlets in
Petaluma when she saw Scheiner sitting in his car where he appeared to be
masturbating. Scheiner told the woman he was a “voyeur” and asked her to
stand by while he continued to masturbate. The woman was subsequently
able to identify Scheiner to law enforcement.
On July 18,
2017, Petaluma police officers received a call from a 24 year old woman who was
also parked in the Factory Outlets. The woman indicated Scheiner pulled up next
to her in his vehicle and was masturbating. The woman moved her vehicle to
another location in the parking lot and Scheiner repositioned his vehicle next
to hers and was again masturbating. The woman called 911 and Scheiner was
contacted at the scene by law enforcement.
On December 12,
2017 a 28 year old woman was leaving work at the same shopping outlets and was
waiting for her windshield to defrost when she observed Scheiner in his vehicle
masturbating. Scheiner motioned for the woman to come over to his
vehicle. The woman backed out of her parking space and took a picture of the
man’s license plate. With her description of the vehicle, and the license
plate, law enforcement was able to determine the vehicle belonged to
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Hobson and assisted by Santa
Rosa Police Officer Riley Howard.