A Powell man who exposed himself outside the Powell Library last fall has been ordered to stay away from the facility — as well as schools, daycares and children in general — for the next …
A Powell man who exposed himself outside the Powell Library last fall has been ordered to stay away from the facility — as well as schools, daycares and children in general — for the next year.
The conditions are part of Dylon Miears’ punishment for committing an indecent or obscene act in the presence of children in October. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense at a hearing in Park County Circuit Court last month, receiving a sentence that includes one year of unsupervised probation and $655 in court fines, fees and assessments. Miears also received credit for the 49 days he spent in jail following his arrest, with another 71 days of jail time and $600 worth of fines suspended.
Before imposing the stipulated sentence, Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters asked Miears, “What in the world were you thinking?”
“That’s the problem,” Miears responded at the Jan. 17 hearing. “I wasn’t.”
“You have a habit of not thinking,” offered Waters.
“I regret it and I hate myself for it,” Miears responded again.
“This,” the judge warned, “is something that is not acceptable in any way, shape or form.”
“Yes, sir,” Miears agreed.
It was around 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 that Powell police received a report of a man in a wheelchair — later identified as Miears — masturbating outside the library on Third Street, with children in the area. Miears, who had been recovering from knee surgery, admitted to the allegations when confronted by a police officer. He was taken into custody a short distance from the library.
Miears agreed to plead guilty to the indecent or obscene act as part of a deal struck between his court-appointed lawyers and the Park County Attorney’s Office; prosecutors agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance that stemmed from an apparent marijuana bong police found in Miears’ clothing.
Deputy Park County Attorney Saige Smith requested that Miears be prohibited from any direct contact with children under the age of 18, except for family members. Additionally, Smith asked that he be ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from any libraries, schools or daycares to give “some more safeguards.”
Waters agreed to impose those conditions. He said Miears can drive past a school or library, but warned “don’t be hanging around at those places.”
As for visits with young family members, the judge said those can only take place when there’s a “responsible adult” in Miears’ immediate area.
Waters referenced the fact that Miears has committed multiple misdemeanor offenses in the past, which were unrelated to the recent case.
“We’ve spent way too much quality time together over the years,” Waters said, adding, “You’re getting older and it’s time for you to keep yourself out of trouble.”
“Yes, sir,” Miears agreed.