MOUNDSVILLE - Brody Ostrander pleaded guilty to charges of indecent exposure and solicitation of prostitution in Marshall County on Thursday, one day after pleading guilty to similar charges in Hancock County.
Ostrander, 21, appeared for a hearing before Marshall County Magistrate Dave McLaughlin, who accepted the terms of a plea deal. Ostrander pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to the maximum of 90 days and a $250 fine on the indecent exposure charge and 82 days and a $100 fine for the soliciting prostitution charge. He was given credit for time served, with the 60-day balance suspended for one year of unsupervised probation.
Ostrander's charges stem from a March incident in which he exposed himself to two women near a business on the Jefferson Avenue extension. The two women were walking near a restaurant just before 11 p.m. when a small, blue car pulled up beside them and the male inside started talking to them. The man asked the two women whether they "wanted to make a couple hundred dollars" - the women asked how. Ostrander exposed his genitals to them and said he wanted a picture with the women and asked them to perform a sex act.
Photo by J.W. Johnson Jr.
Brody Ostrander and his attorney, Herman Lantz, listen during a plea hearing Thursday in Marshall County Magistrate Court.
The incident happened while Ostrander was free on bond for similar charges in Hancock County. On March 23, a female approached a Weirton police officer and was crying and shaking. She said she was jogging when she noticed a man driving a Dodge Neon following her on Hanlin Way.
The female crossed the street to get away from the man, at that point noticing his pants zipper was down. He then allegedly exposed and began touching himself. A vehicle matching the description, driven by Ostrander, was stopped later that evening.
On Wednesday, Ostrander pleaded guilty to a felony charge of indecent exposure and was sentenced to three years of probation. He must also undergo sex offense counseling. The Marshall County plea agreement also requires the completion of that counseling.
The two sentences will run concurrently, though if Ostrander violates the terms of either agreement at any time, he could face jail time. He is not required to register as a sex offender, though he still faces similar charges in Greene County, Pa., where the case is ongoing.
In 2011, Ostrander pleaded guilty to separate indecent exposure charges in Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. He served a total of 180 days on five charges from those counties.