Overt onanism allegations keep Kamloops man behind bars

Kenneth Wayne Wickstrom, 65, is slated to stand trial later this year on three separate sets of charges alleging he either masturbated or exposed himself to women at different occasions between October 2019 and April 2020.

A serial masturbator accused of keeping unbroken eye contact with a teenaged high school student while touching himself in a Kamloops restaurant will remain behind bars, a judge has ruled.

Kenneth Wayne Wickstrom, 65, is slated to stand trial later this year on three separate sets of charges alleging he either masturbated or exposed himself to women at different occasions between October 2019 and April 2020.

article continues below

On Oct. 24, 2019, Wickstrom was arrested after a woman called police to report a man in a high-visibility jacket and no pants masturbating near a pedestrian bridge over Peterson Creek. Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston said police arrived and arrested Wickstrom, who had a blanket wrapped around his legs.

On Jan. 9, 2020, court heard, two high school classmates were studying and eating at a Columbia Street restaurant when a man — alleged to be Wickstrom — sat near them and began to masturbate. 

“He was not breaking eye contact with her [one of the teens],” Livingston said, noting Wickstrom then offered to pay for the girls’ meals. He was arrested the following day.

On April 20, 2020, Wickstrom was again arrested after a woman walking her dog in the Ralph Bell schoolyard in Valleyview called police and told them a man in the field wearing shorts lay down, lifted his leg and asked if she could “see it,” Livingston said.

Wickstrom has been in custody since April 20 and sought bail this week in B.C. Supreme Court. 

In a decision on Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan said Wickstrom, who has many convictions for breaching court orders, had to be detained to prevent him from committing new crimes.

“There is a substantial likelihood that Mr. Wickstrom, if he were released from custody, would commit another offence,” she said.

Wickstrom has a lengthy criminal record, including 14 convictions for committing an indecent act in a public place. 

He is scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 10 on the Peterson Creek allegation, on Nov. 27 on the restaurant allegation and on Dec. 8 on the Ralph Bell allegation.

© Kamloops This Week

 


KAMLOOPS WEATHER

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.