Pool exposure: Meade Park masturbator gets jail time
Last summer, when Daniel Lee Bishop decided to masturbate in front of a mom at Meade Park's Onesty Pool, he probably didn't realize the woman was a probation officer who could retrieve file photos to identify him. Now Bishop, 46, is in jail for that crime–- and for violating probation.
Bishop was convicted and sentenced in late September to a nine-month active sentence for his August indecent exposure, and this month he earned another nine months because the deed violated his probation for an earlier crime.
"I've publicly masturbated 100 times," Bishop allegedly told another probation officer, Jeff Linnert, who testified January 13 in Charlottesville Circuit Court at the probation violation hearing that the number of admitted public auto-erotic episodes later shot up to "hundreds."
Because Bishop had been on probation for attempted grand larceny at the time of the Onesty Pool incident, his suspended sentence was revoked, and he'll serve a total of 18 months–- and receive sexual offender treatment upon release from jail.
Bishop is also ordered to stay away from city pools, and the prosecutor in the case thinks justice was served.
"You struggle," says Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joe Platania, "with balancing protecting the community and getting him help."