Alleged flasher held in contempt for interrupting judge

Alleged flasher held in contempt for interrupting judge

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to women in the Lincoln Square Village in Urbana on Tuesday is due back in court next month.

Rather than file new charges against Paul D. Shaw, 27, of the 300 block of South Randolph Street, the Champaign County state's attorney's office filed a petition to revoke the probation Shaw is currently serving for felony theft.

The petition alleges he violated the terms of his 30 months of probation by engaging in disorderly conduct.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Shaw first entered Brownfield Sports around noon Tuesday, where he tried on a jacket. He then turned toward a female clerk with his genitals exposed. She told him to leave and he did.

He then reportedly went into the Health Alliance Medical Plans office down the hall and asked to speak to someone about insurance. He then left to use the restroom and when he returned, stepped toward the receptionist with his genitals exposed.

Morgan said the woman tried to ignore what he was doing, but Shaw then moved even closer and she told him he was exposed.

Morgan said he then left the office. Police found him in the mall moments later and arrested him.

In court Wednesday, Shaw repeatedly interrupted Judge Richard Klaus, telling the judge he wanted to plead guilty and get out of jail right away. The judge was trying to explain Shaw's rights to him and told Shaw to be quiet. But when Shaw kept interrupting, Klaus found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to 30 days in jail.

That means even if Shaw could post 10 percent of his $2,500 bond, he will be in custody at least until his May 23 hearing on the petition to revoke his probation.

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sk8ermom88 wrote on April 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

What a ding dong!  Who does that?