A 23-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 300 days in jail in connection with a string of indecent exposures in west Omaha, some of which occurred outside a metro high school.
Anyer Bezanilla pleaded no contest to five counts of misdemeanor lewd conduct and three counts of indecent exposure in a plea deal attorneys worked out a day before the trial was set to begin.
Both attorneys agreed to recommend 120 days in jail and two years of probation in the plea deal.
Douglas County Judge Derek Vaughn ruled differently, sentencing Bezanilla to 60 days for each of the five lewd conduct charges in a 2017 case and two years probation for three indecent exposure charges in a 2016 case.
Bezanilla will receive credit for 130 days served, and with Nebraska’s good time law he would only serve at least 27 more days in jail, Judge Vaughn said.
Bezanilla’s attorney, James Martin Davis, said it’s possible the remaining time could be served on house arrest — pending the judge’s approval.
Judge Vaughn also ordered Bezanilla to undergo treatment and therapy for his exhibitionism.
“He’s got a serious problem ... and it’s certainly curable but it’s never been addressed,” Davis said. “We’ve arranged for him to go to a number of programs.”
City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse said they wanted to hold Bezanilla accountable for his actions but also provide an avenue for him to receive help so that it never happens again.
“What we’re hoping for, with a probation sentence, is that he learns not to do this and there’s no repeat offense,” Kuhse said. “I think anybody who engages in this type of behavior ... it’s egregious when it happens.”
Bezanilla exposed his genitals to three female students outside Millard North High School on Sept. 7, prosecutor Paul Pennington said in court Thursday.
Bezanilla posted bail after he was charged in connection with that incident, but was arrested in January for three other incidents.
He had also exposed himself to women outside a Gordman’s store, a Super Target and Hampton Inn hotel in west Omaha from November to January, Pennington said.