Police After Flasher Again

MOUNDSVILLE – A Proctor man convicted of indecent exposure charges in three counties in 2011 is facing more charges in Marshall and Hancock counties after two separate incidents last month.

Brody R. Ostrander, 21, was arrested March 23 by authorities in Hancock County and charged with indecent exposure and possession of marijuana in an incident on Hanlin Way in Weirton. According to the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail inmate information website, his bond was set at $6,000.

After posting bond, Ostrander was accused in a separate incident in Marshall County on March 29, allegedly exposing himself to two women in Moundsville. The women identified Ostrander from a photo lineup, and Ostrander was set to appear for questioning. However, after he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest, authorities said.

Marshall County Prosecutor Jeff Cramer said information on the case has not yet been presented to his office, as a criminal complaint has not yet been filed.

In 2010, Ostrander faced three counts of indecent exposure for the purpose of sexual gratification. He was dubbed the “Moundsville Flasher” following a series of incidents in January and March 2010.

That January, a woman jogging on First Street noticed a dark, late-’90s model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a white male driver. The woman told investigators she continued jogging and was passed by the car a second time.

When the woman turned onto Pine Avenue, she saw the driver standing outside the vehicle with no shoes or pants on and a T-shirt pulled over his head. The woman was able to give investigators a license plate number for the vehicle.

A second incident occurred March 10, 2010, when Moundsville police dispatchers received a call from a woman saying a man had just exposed himself to her 12-year-old daughter and a friend. That encounter occurred near the intersection of Center Street and Hickory Avenue. The two girls told police that while they were playing basketball on Hickory Avenue, they saw a man across the alley. They said he had his pants pulled down and was watching them, the criminal complaint states.

A city employee who was in the area before the flashing was able to give police a license plate number and a description of a vehicle. That information matched the vehicle that had been seen in the January incident.

While free on bond, Ostrander committed similar acts in Wetzel and Tyler counties. He pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent exposure in Tyler County, which earned him two consecutive 90-day sentences. He also pleaded guilty to one count of indecent exposure in Wetzel County and received a 90-day sentence concurrent with the Tyler sentence.

Ostrander was sentenced to 90 days on each of the counts in Marshall County. The sentences ran concurrent with the those in Tyler and Wetzel counties for a total of 180 days.