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2014 flasher sentenced to two years

Dick has record of sex offenses dating to 2008

A registered sex offender who authorities say used a disguise and went on a public masturbation binge that frightened women across eastern Clackamas County was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison.

Gresham resident Michael Gordon Dick, 54, will also serve two years of post-prison supervision and must re-register as a sex offender once he is released. In February, he pleaded guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court to five counts of public indecency related to a series of crimes that took place from October 2014 to January 2015 in Boring, Estacada and Damascus.

Friday wasn’t Dick’s first time facing a judge. In 2008, he was convicted for public indecency. In 2009, he was sentenced to one year and four months for burglary and attempted sexual abuse. And in 2011, he was convicted for failure to register as a sex offender.

Dick, who has Parkinson’s disease, appeared shaky in court.

Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Lewis Burkhart prosecuted the case. He said Tuesday that Dick’s defense noted there is some evidence that Parkinson’s victims can suffer from compulsive behavior, and Dick might be one of those instances.

However, the prosecution countered that while on probation for previous crimes, Dick was able to control his public masturbation, suggesting his behavior stemmed from something other than Parkinson’s.

Burkhart added that Dick only started wearing a wig to conceal his identity once he realized law enforcement officials were looking for him.

Authorities also say Dick removed his clothes as part of his masturbation scheme, approaching women in his black 2004 Chevy S10 pickup to expose himself. Some of the women — who ranged in age from 35 to 82 — were in their homes, while others were out for walks.

Prosecutors collected letters from several of the women prior to the case, Burkhart said.

“All of them struck a chord,” Burkhart said of the women’s letters. “Going on their daily or weekly walks was like their safe place, their time just to enjoy life, and he’s ruined that for them. One victim said, ‘I no longer feel safe doing this, going on a walk.’”