Steven Dutton nearly cried last year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for . He looked relieved when Judge Thomas O’Hara said jail time was too harsh a punishment for a man with no criminal history. Then he looked to his family for some clarification about what had just happened.
After four months, O’Hara has found Dutton in compliance thus far with the terms of his one-year supervision. Those terms restrict Dutton to the grounds of the Sertoma Centre, a physical and mental health facility where he has been living and undergoing therapy, according to his attorney, Jeff Aprati.
Last June, near Riegal Oak Lane and 186th Place and began asking questions about whether she had a boyfriend and whether she needed a ride. He drove away after the girl told him she lived close by, but then circled back, causing her to fear for her safety and dial 911.
In his pickup truck, found—among other things—pornography, rope, whips, dildos, women's underwear and a dashboard modified to include handcuffs. He told officers that his intentions had been innocent and reiterated that sentiment in court after putting his sentencing in O'Hara's hands.
Another hearing is scheduled Aug. 15 at the Sixth Municipal District Courthouse in Markham.
If all goes well, Dutton’s supervision ends November 2012.