David Ernest Friesen, from Penticton, is facing two charges of exposing his genitals to a person under the age of 16, a single charge of committing indecent act in a public place and two breach of probation order charges. (Facebook photo)

Update: Trial begins for Penticton man who allegedly exposed genitals to youth

Penticton man allegedly approached children at a playground

The trial for a Penticton man who allegedly exposed his genitals to children at a playground started today in provincial court.

David Ernest Friesen is facing two charges of exposing his genitals to a person under the age of 16, a single charge of committing indecent act in a public place and two breach of probation order charges.

Judge Gregory Koturbash heard that two children were approached by an older male in the afternoon of Oct. 14, 2018 at the Kiwanis Park Playground on Edmonton Avenue.

Related: Penticton man who allegedly exposed genitals makes court appearance

During his first appearance in court Crown counsel at the time, Ann Lerchs, said the children were approached by a man who “pulled his pants down and said to them ‘get over here.’”

RCMP Const. Corey Sutherland testified this morning how one of the children at the park, a 13-year-old, picked Friesen’s photo out of a lineup, identifying him as the person at the park who exposed himself.

Related: Penticton man who flashed a woman and her kids sentenced

The 13-year old, who testified via closed circuit television, told the court that he was in the playground with his younger sister when he heard the man call out to come over to him. The teen said when he looked over, the man had his pants pulled halfway down his thighs and he could see his “private parts.” The boy said he immediately went over to his sister and took her home. He said that he didn’t believe his sister noticed the man and that he didn’t say anything to her about it because he didn’t want to scare her.

Const. Dennis Mahar said when the initial report came in from the teen’s mom, he and his partner patrolled the area looking for the man but didn’t have any success. A second call came in from a family that had been at the park prior to the incident with a description of the man’s car and what they believed to be his licence plate. During the interaction, the man also told them where he lived. The caller said they had read a post on Facebook about the incident when they arrived at home and had interacted with the man at the park because they thought it was suspicious he was alone.

Mahar and the other officer went to the residential area that was described by the caller and found the vehicle matching the description. Mahar’s partner said he knew where Friesen lived because he had dealt with him on another file previously. The pair went to his apartment and arrested him. Mahar said when they arrived at the detachment, Frisen said he “didn’t deny being at the park today” while they were assisting in calling him a lawyer.

Crown counsel Nashina Devji said she expects to call two more witnesses on Wednesday.

During his initial appearance in court, Crown counsel said Friesen is facing two breach of condition charges related to his probation from being convicted on Oct. 30, 2017 of committing an indecent act and two counts of exposing his genitals to two children and a woman at the Penticton Public Library parking lot in 2016.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

It’s okay to ask for Naloxone – nobody here is going to judge you

The walls are covered in posters – pictures of babies nursing at… Continue reading

Rain on the way for the Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon’s dust warning is ongoing

Thrash Wrestling “mans up” for the Testicular Fortitude show

Silas “The Last Real Man” Young enters the ring on April 27

Kangaroo Creek Farm hops into season

Lake Country’s popular tourist site has opened its doors for the season

Update: Highway 3 reopened following rockslide near Keremeos

The slide occurred Friday March 22, at about 8 p.m. between Red Bridge and Standing Rock

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read