|For Immediate Release
Case # 08CF0353
September 25, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
SERIAL FLASHER CONVICTED OF LEWDLY EXPOSING HIS PENIS TO DOZENS OF WOMEN ALONE IN PARKS, JOGGING TRAILS, AND PARKING LOTS
*Defendant was arrested after standing naked in woman’s window and being chased down by a Good Samaritan
SANTA ANA – A serial flasher was convicted today of flashing dozens of women throughout Orange County by approaching them naked while they were alone in parks, on jogging trails, or in parking lots. Christopher Holden Fenn, 47, Mission Viejo, an insurance underwriter, pleaded guilty today to 27 felony counts of indecent exposure with a prior conviction from 1981 and one felony count of aggravated assault. The defendant is out of custody on $200,000 bail and must wear a GPS tracking device until his sentencing on Dec. 4, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Fenn is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
On Feb. 2, 2008, Jane Doe was in her first floor apartment in a complex on Heritage Way in Tustin. Fenn covered his face with a mask or shirt to disguise his identity, walked up to Jane Doe’s window naked, and exposed himself. Upon seeing Fenn, Jane Doe screamed and ran upstairs. A couple in a nearby parking lot saw the naked defendant and the woman in the lot called 9-1-1. The man began to chase after Fenn, who threw a brick at the man and tried to flee the scene. Tustin police arrived and arrested the defendant.
Subsequent investigation revealed that between July 2005 and February 2008, Fenn exposed himself to nearly 100 adult women. In most instances, the defendant flashed the women under similar circumstances, by approaching them naked with his face covered to hide his identity when the women were alone in parks, on walking or jogging trails, in parking lots, or other isolated areas. The flashing occurred in the early morning throughout south Orange County, on the way to his Santa Ana office, or near his Mission Viejo home, where he lived with his wife and four children. The defendant was linked to these cases through witness identifications, suspect descriptions, forensic evidence and mode of operation.
The investigation by the Irvine Police Department, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Tustin Police Department linked the defendant to flashing incidents in the Cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.