News Principal Exposed
posted by January 9 at 8:44 AMon
The principal at North Seattle’s Whittier Elementary School has been charged with indecent exposure. Alex Coberly has been the principal at Whittier for three years—and according to police he’s admitted to flashing his junk at unsuspecting women for a lot longer than that. Coberly has been placed on leave, not fired, and charged with a criminal misdemeanor, not a felony. From this morning’s PI:
According to police reports, Coberly admitted to exposing himself in early November to a 24-year-old woman who was riding in a car next to his on Aurora Avenue North in Northgate.
The woman told police she was “shocked and offended” and called 911 to report the man’s description and license-plate number.
When police later confronted him, Coberly said he had exposed himself to women on several occasions in the past five or six years, the report said. He exposed himself only to strangers, and only while driving his car, according to the report.
The November incident spurred him to seek counseling, the report said.
Should Coberly lose his job? No one has accused of him of flashing a minor and it’s not like he drives his car down the school’s halls. Still, a sex-crazed flasher for a grade school principal? Here’s Coberly’s lawyer in the PI:
“There is no connection between this incident and his job,” Vogel said. “It does not involve any children, and it does not involve his work.”
I’m not sure where I come down on this. As a sex advice perfeshuhnal, I reject the notion that someone’s life and livelihood should be utterly destroyed because he did something stupid and sexually transgressive—even if, as in this case, the sexual transgression was rightly criminal. Men that expose themselves to women have issues; they get off on intimidating, shocking, and—visually at least—assaulting women. That, as the counselors say, is not okay. Coberly needs counseling to help him control his impulses and to get a grip on his issues with women. He also needs to understand—to be made to understand—that his behavior exists on a continuum of sexual violence directed at women. And that’s not okay. But flashers are not rapists. As sex crimes go, well, let’s just say there’s a reason Coberly has only been charged with a misdemeanor.
But as a parent of a kid in a gradeschool, well, I’m pretty con men or women that have difficultly controlling their inappropriate sexual impulses working in schools.