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Minnesota man who hacked neighbors' TV sentenced for exposing himself

Daniel Joseph Wiener 03/16/78

WILLMAR, Minn. — A man who pleaded to guilty to exposing himself and hacking into the television of his female neighbors will serve a minimum of 30 days in jail for a misdemeanor conviction of indecent exposure — engage in lewd behavior.

District Judge Michael Thompson on Monday, Aug. 20, in Kandiyohi County District Court sentenced Daniel Joseph Wiener, 40, of Willmar, to serve 90 days in jail. Thompson stayed 60 days of the sentence provided Wiener serve one year of probation.

Also, the judge also ordered Wiener to pay $590 in fines and fees. Probation conditions require that Wiener have no contact with the women, that he not hack into Roku or other systems, and that he abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Wiener pleaded guilty to the charge July 18. A gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with privacy and another misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Wiener was charged after Willmar police responded to a report of a "peeping tom" incident June 29, 2017, and after hearing allegations by three young women.

According to court documents, one woman alleged that the defendant had exposed himself while masturbating outside the window of her residence that evening.

A second woman told police she was watching TV at the residence on May 6, 2017, when it was "hacked'' and the picture was replaced by a streaming video of a man masturbating, but the man's face was not visible.

A third woman alleged that Wiener had exposed himself while masturbating inside his residence when she was outside on her porch having a cigarette. It was obvious to her that he was watching her, she alleged.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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