City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a 450 day jail sentence, stay away orders, and lifetime sex offender registration against a Sherman Oaks resident for exposing himself to at least 11 women around the campus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) over the period of one year.
"No one should be harassed with this kind of unwanted and untoward behavior," said Feuer. "Those who commit similar crimes and threaten public safety will be held accountable for their behavior."
Jason Kurt Lanning, 39, entered a plea of no contest to eight counts of lewd conduct and was placed on four years of probation, ordered to comply with lifetime sex offender registration, and sentenced to serve 450 days in jail. Lanning was also ordered to participate in psychological counseling and stay away from a mapped area surrounding the UCLA campus.
Between January 2017 and January 2018, Lanning would allegedly drive through residential areas surrounding the UCLA campus targeting young women walking alone. Using a ruse of asking for directions to the 405 freeway, Lanning would allegedly lure the victims closer to the vehicle where he would expose himself to them. Eleven separate victims reported the activity to the University of California Police department before Lanning was finally identified and arrested.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant City Attorney Richard Kraft, Supervising Attorney of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit.