VAN NUYS – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that a Reseda man, Hector Santiago Conte, 57, has been sentenced to jail and 36 months of summary probation for one count of indecent exposure while driving alongside a school bus.
“This conviction exemplifies the broad role our Neighborhood School Safety Program plays in protecting communities nearby public schools,” said Feuer.
On September 23, 2016, the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) responded to the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies to investigate an indecent exposure incident. The victim, a LAUSD school bus driver, reported seeing a male driver of a Red Ford F-250 pick-up truck, masturbating while driving alongside the school bus. At the time, the school bus was headed eastbound on Yolanda to Balboa Boulevard. The victim reported a similar incident occurred the day before. According to the victim, although there were children on the bus she did not believe any children witnessed the incidents.
Following the initial report, LASPD Officers were patrolling the area and were contacted by the victim/bus driver who pointed out the Defendant’s vehicle. When the officers observed the Defendant, who was following the school bus, commit a traffic violation, the officers stopped the vehicle and issued a traffic citation.
In a follow-up investigation, the victim identified the Defendant as the same male she observed driving the red pick-up and exposing himself alongside the school bus. An Arrest Warrant was issued and the Defendant was arrested shortly thereafter on the warrant.
In a previous incident, the Defendant was convicted of lewd conduct and sentenced to 24 months of probation, jail, and sexual compulsion classes. According to the police report, this incident also involved a school bus driver, who, while transporting students (13-18 year-old), observed the Defendant masturbating while driving alongside the school bus.
In addition to jail and 36 months of summary probation, the Defendant was ordered to register as a sex offender, not to possess deadly weapons, not to threaten, harass or annoy any person, including the victim in this case, attend psychological counseling, and issued a stay-away order.
Neighborhood School Safety Prosecutor, Deputy City Attorney Jackie Lawson, prosecuted the case.