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

Sit-in on Saturday will protest move to curb loitering in Penticton’s downtown

Nanaimo Square Sit-In is taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Penticton council members plant tree to celebrate local government

It is the 100th anniversary of the Local Government Management Association of B.C.

Crews respond to smoke at Penticton thrift store

The rooftop A/C unit began filling the building with smoke, prompting them to evacuate

Housing provided for women and children fleeing violence in Penticton

Announcement on Friday is part of a provincewide initiative to construct additional housing.

Okanagan Dance Studio to host yard sale and market on June 1

Proceeds to support the studio’s showgroup

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Nominate your favourite businesses for the Best of the South Okanagan

Join the Penticton Western News as they celebrate the Best of the South Okanagan awards

Friend of accused Kelowna murderer takes the stand

Elrich Dyck’s testimony continued Friday with details from the night Chris Ausman was killed

Princeton RCMP recover stolen homework and save the grade

It’s a slightly better excuse than “the dog ate my homework.” Earlier… Continue reading

New Summerland distillery has received recognition

Alchemist Distiller won audience choice award at recent competition

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

Rally for climate justice strikes Okanagan yet again

A handful of students were seen rallying in front of the Okanagan Science Centre

Most Read