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Probation ordered after indecent act

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 01/22/2019 10:15 AM

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A young man who committed an indecent act outside a Steinbach fitness centre won’t have a criminal record if he abides by the conditions of a probation order handed down last week.

Judge Robert Heinrichs imposed a conditional discharge with 18 months of supervised probation on Tylor Alexander Jansen-Vandoorn, a Mitchell resident with no prior criminal convictions.

Court heard the 27-year-old loitered outside Snap Fitness the evening of Nov. 24, 2017, then exposed his bare buttocks to several women through a window, including an employee working in the gym’s office area and a woman exercising on a treadmill.

Given a partial description of the suspect around 9:30 p.m., Steinbach RCMP located and questioned Jansen-Vandoorn, who claimed he was headed to the nearby Tim Hortons to buy coffee.

Officers arrested him after gathering more details of the suspect’s appearance. He initially protested, citing a lack of evidence, but became cooperative after a warning.

Witnesses provided corroborating statements and later identified him from a photo package, Crown attorney Kristee Logan said.

While the charge was scheduled for a trial, Jansen-Vandoorn decided instead to plead guilty last Friday.

Logan called the incident "concerning," and said he should be monitored to prevent a reoccurrence. The judge ordered Jansen-Vandoorn to stay 100 feet away from the gym, and complete any counselling his probation officer required.

Defence lawyer Michael Dyck noted his client had already completed 10 counselling sessions since September 2018.

That same month, Jansen-Vandoorn was arrested and charged by Steinbach RCMP after a male reportedly exposed himself to a group of children in Mitchell.

He returns to court this Thursday to deal with indecent act charges stemming from that incident and two others, court records indicate.

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