The Ladysmith Police Department released a press release Tuesday, June 4 regarding a Ladysmith registered sex offender who exposed his genitals to a young woman while at the Rusk County Community Library in Ladysmith.
According to the press release, on Friday, May 31 at approximately 3 p.m. the Ladysmith Police Department received a complaint from a 21-year-old female who reported a male exposed his genitals at the library in Ladysmith.
While investigating the complaint, officers were able to identify the subject as Rodney W. Flohr, 53, and after an interview with Flohr, arrested him for lewd, lascivious behavior with exposure.
According to Wisconsin’s court website, in 1991 Flohr faced allegations of lewd, lascivious behavior of exposing his genitals. Charges were dismissed before his initial appearance hearing.
In 2013 Flohr was found guilty after entering a plea of no contest to one count of exposing his genitals to a child while he was at a Ladysmith restaurant. According to the criminal complaint, Flohr was seated near the play place area watching young girls play.
Two 17-year-old girls told officers that Flohr disturbed them by staring at them, then looked down into his crotch area. The young girls then noticed Flohr had a strategically place hole in his sweatpants and was exposing himself.
Flohr later told officers he intentionally wore sweatpants with a hole in them and without underwear with the intention to expose his genitals.
Following his arrest in 2013 other individuals came forward and three additional charges were filed against Flohr for incidents where he exposed himself at three other locations in Rusk County between the summer of 2012 and spring of 2013. At least 11 victims were disclosed in his four 2013 cases.
In 2013 Flohr was charged with a total of five counts of exposing his genitals to a child and six counts of disorderly conduct. Of those charges eight charges were dismissed. He entered no contest pleas to two counts of exposing his genitals to a child and one count of disorderly conduct.
On these charges, Flohr was sentenced to three years probation with his sentence withheld. Flohr was required to continue with sex therapy counseling and register as a sex offender.
No official charges have been filed yet with the Rusk County District Attorney on the recent allegations against Flohr.