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Canandaigua serial flasher, sex offender jailed: Why was he released from prison with 35-year criminal history?

After several arrests and multiple news stories about a 55-year-old sex offender from Canandaigua, some members of the community are asking: Is Paul Goodrell behind bars currently? In short, the answer is ‘yes’.

Paul Goodrell, a 55-year-old serial flasher with a 35-year criminal history, is currently held without bail following repeated offenses of public lewdness. Known for exposing himself in various public places, including schools and stores, Goodrell’s criminal activities date back to 1989. His victims have ranged widely in age, with some as young as 7 years old.


Despite being a Level 3 sex offender, indicating a significant threat to public safety, Goodrell has repeatedly been released from prison. He was also released numerous times in December after arrests before being taken into custody following a third incident.

The Ontario County District Attorney’s Office is handling Goodrell’s latest charge – burglary as a sexually motivated felony. This arrest follows an incident at a Victor Walmart, a location from which Goodrell was previously banned. The authorities charged him with trespassing with the intent to commit a crime.

Goodrell’s parole hearing, initially scheduled for January 5, was postponed, with further proceedings planned for February 9. His extensive criminal record and recent charges could lead to substantial prison time. The case highlights concerns regarding the parole system’s effectiveness in handling repeat offenders like Goodrell.