RACINE — A former Rochester man stood shaking in front of a judge on Wednesday, apologizing for flashing from his bedroom window as parents and children arrived and left a nearby day care.
William J. Grube, 65, who now lives in Delavan, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months specifically to be served in jail. He pleaded guilty immediately before his sentencing to five amended counts of misdemeanor lewd and lascivious behavior.
“I deeply apologize for the actions I did. I apologize to the victims and their families (for) what I caused them. I regret that deeply,” Grube said during the hearing. “I realize I have a problem and seeing a counselor has helped enormously.”
Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael Piontek ordered Grube to serve three years on probation after his release from jail. Should Grube violate probation, Piontek said he must serve another 27 months in jail.
Piontek granted permission for Grube to serve those sentences in the Walworth County Jail, if jailers there will accept the transfer. Grube also will receive work-release privileges. He must report to jail on Nov. 29.
Grube was arrested after a Racine County Sheriff’s detective was sent on April 12, 2013, to investigate reports of a naked man near Leapin’ Learners Day Care, at 225 Ridgeline Road, according to Grube’s criminal complaint.
Grube was seen standing naked in his bedroom, watching children and parents during the week of April 8, 2013, as they arrived or left the day care center, his complaint and sheriff’s reports state.
Someone reported seeing Grube watching the children with binoculars, multiple times, while completely naked or nude from the waist down, according to his complaint.
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“At least from the reports we’ve had, no children saw him,” Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak said during Wednesday’s sentencing.
“There is no indication he has ever expressed any interest in children,” defense attorney Patrick Cafferty said, adding Grube and his wife have since sold their home and moved to Walworth County. “He’s been publicly embarrassed by this.”
Grube reportedly admitted standing there naked, but said he wasn’t a pedophile and was looking more at the parents dropping off their children. Grube reportedly admitted he became excited knowing someone might see him, according to sheriff’s reports and the complaint. Grube told an investigator he had been exposing himself since early winter.
Piontek said a Hales Corners psychologist treating Grube has diagnosed him as having “an exhibitionistic sexual expression disorder.” He said he doesn’t know “if what you have is treatable. I don’t know if you can talk to someone and treat someone out of it. No one wants to see you naked. And you probably know that.”
“The (prosecutor) described it as a hobby. Find a new hobby,” Piontek told Grube.
Piontek banned Grube from using the Internet, alcohol and drugs while on probation, and ordered him to have no contact with any children and the individuals who complained of his flashing near the day care.
These incidents last year weren’t the first time Grube has been accused of exposing himself in public.
Grube allegedly told the investigator he was arrested in 1972 for urinating in view of “some girls” after a softball game, and that he peeped through a neighbor’s window in 1992, according to court records.