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Clarendon man sent to prison for exposing self to 7-year-old

A Clarendon man is headed to state prison for exposing himself to a seven-year-old girl.

Judge Gregory Hammond handed down the sentence to Robert Bloom on Friday morning on a single count of indecent exposure.

Bloom’s attorney, Tyler Lindquist, noted that his client is 33 years old and does have a high prior record score but has taken responsibility and accepted the plea offer given at the preliminary hearing.

Lindquist noted his client has struggled with mental health issues in the past and struggled to get such help in jail, asking for a county sentence for Bloom.

“Seven years old,” District Attorney Rob Greene began his comments. “That’s how old the victim was in this case.” He noted that the family did not want to come back to the courthouse again which explains the plea to indecent exposure when he was initially charged with indecent assault as well.

“You don’t expose your penis to a seven-year-old girl,” he said, whether for sexual gratification or “whatever the heck he was thinking.”

Hammond said his prior record — which includes setting fires, theft and exposing himself previously — has left him a “significant danger to the community” since he was 13-years-old. He handed down an aggravated sentence, citing the age of the victim. He then sentenced Bloom to 19 to 60 months incarceration in state prison – with credit for 116 days time served – $875 in fines and fees, a no-contact order with the victim or the victim’s family, sex offenders counseling, a mental health evaluation and any recommended treatment and to have no unsupervised contact with minors once released.

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