Ottawa man gets a year in prison for exposing himself
A 58-year-old Ottawa man was sentenced to a year in prison Thursday for exposing himself in an Ottawa hotel bathroom.
Gary MacDonell also faces three years probation after he was convicted in September of indecent exposure and unlawful confinement.
MacDonell exposed himself to two young girls in January 2011 at the Cartier Street Hotel.
He blocked the exit to the sauna and was then chased down the street and caught by two witnesses.
Before sentencing, the former CTV employee told the court he is shocked at what he did.
"I am so sorry for what happened to those two girls. They came here for an enjoyable weekend with their family and that didn't happen. That was my fault," he said. "I've embarrassed so many people . . . I have done so many good things in my life, this is not me."
MacDonell had entered into a peace bond after a similar incident in a Kingston hotel in 2009.
The conditions of that bond expired two weeks before the January 2011 incident in Ottawa.
The judge said he took that into consideration for the sentencing, as well as evidence from a psychiatric report that said MacDonell suffers from vascular dementia causing lack of judgment.
MacDonell will serve his prison time at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional Institute, which has a specialized unit to treat sexual offenders.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Karen Soloman