Flasher indicted on Hancock County charges

While he awaited a preliminary hearing in Marshall County earlier this month, Brody Ostrander was indicted on an indecent exposure charge in Hancock County.

Ostrander, 21, also faces a charge of possession of marijuana for the alleged incident, which took place March 23 in Weirton. According to the criminal complaint, a female approached a Weirton police officer and was crying and shaking. She said she was jogging when she noticed a man driving a Dodge Neon following her on Hanlin Way.

The female crossed the street to get away from the man, at that point noticing his pants zipper was down. He then allegedly exposed and began touching himself. A vehicle matching the description, driven by Ostrander, was stopped later that evening.

The officer said Ostrander was “visibly nervous and sweating profusely,” and the female later identified Ostrander and the vehicle as being involved in the incident. A search of Ostrander’s vehicle also revealed a “small amount” of marijuana, earning him the possession charge.

According to the Hancock County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Ostrander was indicted April 10. A return date has not been set.

The Hancock County action happened six days before an alleged flash in Marshall County, which earned Ostrander indecent exposure and soliciting prostitution charges.

According to the Marshall County complaint, Ostrander was out on $6,000 bond from the Hancock County charges when he allegedly exposed himself to two women near a business on the Jefferson Avenue extension.

The two women were walking near a restaurant just before 11 p.m. when a small, blue car pulled up beside them and the male inside started talking to them. The male allegedly asked the two women if “they wanted to make a couple hundred dollars,” and the women asked how. The male then allegedly exposed himself to them and said he wanted a picture with the women and asked them to perform a sex act. The women ended the conversation, and the male drove away before they could get a license plate number.

The women told police they remembered the previous flashing incidents in Moundsville, so they looked up photos of Ostrander on Facebook to verify he was the same person in the vehicle.

The women were shown photo lineups by police in the days after the incident, and both identified Ostrander as the male in the vehicle. One of the women told police she was “100 percent certain” it was Ostrander who flashed them.

Investigators contacted Ostrander, who said he was in town on the night of the alleged flash, but that he could not come to the station for questioning because he was in Fairmont at that time. Officers asked Ostrander to report for questioning on April 6, but he failed to do so, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

Marshall County Magistrate Dave McLaughlin set Ostrander’s bond at $4,000. A jury trial is set for July 17 on those charges.