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St. John's man who exposed himself to children freed from jail, but subject to special order

Matthew Douglas Twyne, 31, exposed himself to children between the ages of 14-16 at a St. John’s dance school in May. He was sentenced to more than two years in prison Friday.
Matthew Douglas Twyne in court during a previous appearance. - SaltWire Network file photo

Matthew Douglas Twyne subject of 810.1 order, including an order to stay away from children

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

A St. John’s man who exposed himself to children has been freed from prison, but police plan to keep him under close watch.

Matthew Douglas Twyne is the subject of an 810.1 order — a preventative measure to ensure he doesn’t reoffend. It includes a long list of 29 conditions, including that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 and that he stay away from anywhere children are or would be.

The 33-year-old was given a jail term of just over two years in August 2017. He was released Wednesday morning after serving the full sentence.

In May 2017, Twyne went to a dance school on LeMarchant Road, looked into the change room where children between 14 and 16 years old were, and pressed his bare penis against the glass. He was told to leave and he did, but came back shortly afterward. Again, he was told to leave, and again, he came back.

The instructor took a video on her phone to submit as evidence.

Twyne was arrested and pleaded guilty to unlawfully exposing his genitals to children younger than 16, carrying a concealed weapon (a hunting knife), six breaches of recognizance, failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with condition of undertaking.

In sentencing, Judge Mike Madden took into account Twyne’s lengthy record that began in 2001, which includes five indecent acts, and said there was little chance of him being rehabilitated.

Twyne has been incarcerated several times, and has already been added to the sex offender registry and given a DNA order.

Other conditions of the 810.1 order are that he have no contact with any of his victims or their family members.

He is not permitted near playgrounds, school grounds, community centres, daycares or public parks where anyone younger than 16 is present or likely present.

Larkhall Academy and Leary’s Brook Junior High are the schools specifically listed that Twyne has been ordered to stay away from, as well as Memorial University campus, including MUN’s school of medicine and associated parking lots. He also can’t go near Guv’nor Inn on Elizabeth Avenue.

He is subject to a curfew, must report to the RNC once a week and must notify the RNC of his address and if he plans to move.

He must report any vehicle he has access to — including the full description of the make, model and licence plate number — to police and has to submit a current photograph of himself if officers ask for one.

Twyne is not allowed to associate, either directly or indirectly, with anyone who has a criminal record.

He’s not permitted to have weapons or any sharp object outside his residence. He’s forbidden to consume or possess alcohol or any non-prescription drugs and is not allowed to go in any establishment that sells alcohol.

He is banned from having a cellphone that takes photos or video, and can’t use the internet to acquire pornography or sexually explicit material.

Twyne must abide by these conditions for a year or else go back to jail.
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