Charges against serial flasher bound over

September 26, 2013
Brody Ray Ostrander

WAYNESBURG – Multiple charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness against a West Virginia man were bound over for court Thursday following a preliminary hearing before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lou Dayich.

In mid-March, Waynesburg Borough Police received four separate complaints from young women who said a white male in his early 20s, sitting in a car, had exposed himself and propositioned them. The fourth and final report came March 18.

Police later identified the man as Brody Ray Ostrander, 21, of 3810 Rines Ridge Road, Proctor, W.Va. Charges were filed against Ostrander in Greene County May 13.

Ostrander was in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on charges of indecent exposure and solicitation of prostitution when Waynesburg Borough Police Chief Rob Toth, then a patrolman, realized he may be the person involved in the incidents in Waynesburg.

Known to police in West Virginia as a serial flasher, he entered the jail in April stemming from an incident March 29 in Marshall County, W.Va. He allegedly committed the March 29 offenses while out on bond for indecent exposure and possession of marijuana charges in Hancock County, W.Va. March 23. On Aug. 1, Ostrander pleaded guilty to the charges in Marshall County, after pleading guilty to the charges in Hancock County the previous day.

On Thursday one of the alleged victims testified she was walking home from the Waynesburg Post Office when a car pulled up with a single occupant. The driver of the car put the window down and asked if she would like to make $300, she said. When she responded, “No, thank you,” and began to walk away, she heard the man say something else, causing her to turn and look at him.

It was then, she told the court, that he suggested a sexual act and pulled his jogging shorts down and exposed himself She then fled the scene, running to a nearby friend’s residence where she called police.

In 2010 Ostrander was dubbed “The Moundsville Flasher” for repeated episodes of exposing himself to women in and around the Moundsville, W.Va., area. The spree began in 2009, his senior year at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, W.Va., when he was just 18 years old.

Ostrander is free on $15,000 straight cash bail from the Greene County Jail. He is currently under unsupervised probation and must undergo sex offense counseling after receiving credit for time served for the March 23 and March 29 offenses in W.Va.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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