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'One Of The Most Prolific' Flashers In Portland Gets Jail After 10th Public Indecency Charge

Prosecutor says jail is the only remaining option to prevent Michael T. Dorgan from masturbating in public. 

By Jill Sederstrom

Michael T. Dorgan, dubbed by prosecutors as "one of the most prolific" flashers in Portland, was sentenced to nearly five years in jail after being convicted for the 10th time on public indecency charges.

Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson said the only way to stop Dorgan from masturbating in public was incarcerating the 55-year-old, whose prior convictions date back to the 1990s.

“With Mr. Dorgan ... we have run out of available options for him, other than incarceration,” Jackson said, according to The Oregonian.

In the latest incident, Dorgan, 55, reportedly exposed himself to three women while at the Portland State University Urban Center. One of the women was able to take a picture and provide it to police, who apprehended Dorgan six days later, the paper reported.

He pleaded no contest to the public indecency charges Tuesday and was sentenced by the judge to 55 months. He will also serve five months of post-prison supervision, according to KPTV, a Portland, Oregon news channel.

This isn't the first time Dorgan was sentenced for public indecency. In 2008, he was sentenced two-and-a-half years behind bars and was sentenced again in 2011 to nearly six years.

Dorgan told Judge Kathleen Dailey on Tuesday he'd previously received sex offender treatment. Although he told the court he attended the program for about "a year and a half," he was unable to provide many details about what the program involved, The Oregonian reported.

Most of Dorgan's public indecency charges occurred on or near the Portland State University campus. Despite his stints in jail, he's a known figure among veteran campus police officers, the paper said.

The prosecutors' office has dubbed him "one of the most prolific" flashers in the city, KPTV reported.

Although the state has a three strikes law that could send serial masturbators to jail for life, the prosecutor in Dorgan's case said he didn't think the state's supreme court would view his case as one eligible for life in prison because he had not had much physical contact with his victims, according to The Oregonian.

Court records show Dorgan has had some physical contact with his victims, however. For instance, in 1999 he reportedly grabbed a woman by the arm and hair and in 2002 it was reported that he brushed up against a woman while masturbating.

[Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office]

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