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Man gets year in jail for exposing self

A Fargo man accused of exposing himself to his family banker pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to a year in jail with five years probation. Gary Wayne Davis, 63, cited pressure and depression after his wife's death as primary causes for his...

A Fargo man accused of exposing himself to his family banker pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to a year in jail with five years probation.

Gary Wayne Davis, 63, cited pressure and depression after his wife's death as primary causes for his relapsed sexual offender behavior.

He claimed the female victim was a "very special friend" of his whom he did not want to hurt.

The woman, whom Davis had known for 10 to 15 years, is a bank customer service representative.

Davis is accused of entering the woman's office with his zipper undone, according to a police report.

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A security camera shows Davis looking down and exposing himself four times.

Davis asked the judge to reject the recommended five-year prison time and consider sentencing him for up to two months in prison.

Davis would then be required to attend sexual offender treatment, which he had already been receiving.

Judge Steven Marquart said he couldn't ignore the defendant's extensive criminal history, which included prior convictions for indecent exposure.

Marquart suspended four of the five years suggested by the prosecution and placed Davis on supervised probation for five years after his release.

Davis must also undergo sex therapy treatment and follow sex offender guidelines.

Davis' lawyer, Monty Mertz, said his client would not benefit from jail time and needed to stay in therapy for an indefinite amount of time.

Mertz said he was disappointed in the judge's decision, and said the situation was upsetting for everyone involved.

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"It's sad because it was a trusted person that was victimized," he said. "He feels very badly."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Michelle Rydell at (701) 235-7311

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