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Scranton Man Who Exposed Himself To Teens Sentenced To 39 Months To 17 Years In Prison

January 4, 2019
Scranton Man Who Exposed Himself To Teens Sentenced To 39 Months To 17 Years In Prison

SCRANTON — A Scranton man with a history of indecent exposure faces a long stay in state prison. Orlando Santiago, 46, was sentenced Friday by Lackawanna County Judge Andy Jarbola to 39 months to 17 years in prison for exposing himself to four teenage girls in the city’s Hill Section over a two-day period in February. Santiago also faces lifetime registration as a sex offender after Jarbola determined the former Mineral Avenue resident to be a sexually violent predator. “I’m sorry for everything,” Santiago said, shrugging, when Jarbola asked if he wished to speak before sentencing him on two felony counts of corruption of minors and two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. He pleaded guilty to the charges June 6. City police charged Santiago with exposing himself to three girls — two 16 and one 17 — as they walked in the area of Costello Court on their way to school Feb. 9. The next day, he exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl as she walked near Hitchcock Court and Pine Street, police said. In both cases, the girls told police, the man stood outside a car with his pants unzipped and his genitals exposed before getting into the vehicle and driving away. At the time, Santiago was on probation from his conviction for indecent exposure and related charges for a December 2016 incident under similar circumstances and in the same neighborhood, and investigators quickly identified him as a suspect. In 2012, Santiago pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after city police accused him of asking three girls, 10 to 13, for sexual favors from inside a vehicle in the Hill Section. In handing down the sentence, Jarbola said he found Santiago’s entire course of conduct concerning, including the fact he committed his most recent crimes while still on probation. “You didn’t address your behavior,” he told the defendant. At a hearing before the sentencing, Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board member Paula Brust testified Santiago meets the criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator. Brust told the judge Santiago, whom she believes suffers from “exhibitionist disorder,” displayed predatory behavior in driving around looking for victims and is likely to offend again. “It’s not the first time he’s done it,” Brust said. “He has a pattern of this behavior.” Under questioning by defense attorney Jeffrey Poplawsky, Brust acknowledged Santiago’s crimes involved no force or physical contact with his victims. However, asked by First Assistant District Attorney Judy Price if those were necessary elements in determining someone to be a sexually violent predator, Brust replied, “Absolutely not.” Santiago, who has been held in Lackawanna County Prison on $100,000 bail since arrest in February, will receive credit for time served, Jarbola said. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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