PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The man arrested for allegedly exposing himself on a TriMet bus July 7 is a long-time sex offender who spent time in prison.
Karl Frederick Dieckmiller was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman and her daughter on a bus.
According to court documents, officers sent out a flyer to several law enforcement agencies throughout the tri-county region and a parole and probation officer and a Portland Police officer both recognized Dieckmiller in the flyer.
During a police interview, Dieckmiller admitted that he has exposed himself to numerous children, court documents state.
The 52-year-old appeared in Multnomah County court Monday on the charges. The Texas native who has been living in Portland for 14 years has four felony convictions and 15 parole violations.
He was convicted in 1994 of both first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, then convicted in 2001 and 2005 for public indecency.
Officials are asking that anyone who recognizes Dieckmiller, and who may have been exposed by him on board a TriMet vehicle in Clackamas or Multnomah County call 503.823.3333 and ask to speak with a transit officer.
Former prosecutor Jim McIntyre told KOIN 6 News the sentencing guidelines limit how long sex offenders like Dieckmiller are locked up.
“With murderers you can get life sentences,” McIntyre said. “With sex offenders, you can’t get life sentences, despite what the public wants.”
Dieckmiller’s first conviction was in 1994.
“He cannot be rehabed, and I feel he didn’t serve his time,” said a woman who only identified herself as Denise to KOIN 6.
Denise said one of her close friends was Dieckmiller’s first victim in 1994. Her friend was only 3 years old at the time.
“The hunger is still there, so when he gets out he’ll do it again – looks for any opportunity to exploit,” said Denise.
Measure 11, which provides stronger sentences for sex crimes, did not come along until a year later and that’s why Dieckmiller has only spent nine years in prison, McIntyre said.
“Reviewing the record and seeing the number of violations, one of the problems is within the probation or parole term,” he said. “No matter how many times you violate you still don’t extend the terms past a certain amount.”
Dieckmiller completed his court-mandated supervision by Multnomah County in July 2013.
He also allegedly told police there may be other victims out there along with those on the TriMet bus.
McIntyre said if lawmakers and the courts wanted to allow for active lifetime supervision of sex offenders, it might change things.
“Realistically everybody is human and if a human being can outlive their sentences and supervision then that’s I think where we’re going to end up,” he said.
Dieckmiller “is out here because the system finally ran out of options for supervision, because legally there was no way to hold him or maintain any other supervision.”