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Man accused of masturbating in hospital sentenced

Man accused of masturbating in hospital sentenced

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A Bismarck man arrested for allegedly masturbating in a hospital waiting room was sentenced Tuesday to serve another 1 1/3 years in prison.

Randall Stenerson, 63, a registered lifetime sex offender with multiple convictions dating to 1977, was arrested in February by officers who responded to a call about a man masturbating at the hospital waiting room, according to a police affidavit. A nurse reportedly saw Stenerson masturbating in the third floor waiting area.

Stenerson entered into a plea agreement in July on a felony count of indecent exposure. Defense attorney Matt Arthurs and prosecutors discussed a 1 ½-year sentence to run concurrent with time Stenerson is presently serving on a probation revocation, but Assistant Burleigh County State’s Attorney Anna Argenti made a different recommendation Tuesday based on information she saw in the presentence investigation report.

Stenerson has had multiple indecent exposure charges in North Dakota, and he admitted in the report that he “liked to catch unsuspecting females” off-guard, according to Argenti.

“I don’t feel society needs to be subject to this behavior,” she said. Stenerson’s sentence should run consecutively, after the sentence he is currently serving, she told South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen.

Stenerson said the time for him to change “was a long time ago” but he failed. He is in substance abuse and sex offender treatment now and told Borgen he’s “tired of appearing in court and being locked up.”

Stenerson’s record is “a troubling situation for the court to look at,” Borgen said. He sentenced Stenerson to two years behind bars, to be served at the same time as his present sentence. 

Borgen agreed with Arthurs that Stenerson should receive credit for 258 days served since his arrest in February. Arthurs requested the 1 ½-year concurrent sentence that was arranged earlier, saying Stenerson is getting treatment, is recovering and likely won’t reoffend.

“History doesn’t bear that out,” Borgen said.

Court records show the judgment handed down Tuesday was the seventh count of indecent exposure in four cases for which Stenerson has been punished in North Dakota. 

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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