Crime

Man sentenced for exposing himself to students on Eatonville school bus

A man accused of exposing himself to students on an Eatonville school bus was released after his sentencing Monday.

Matthew Mark Miller, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree child assault, indecent exposure and third-degree malicious mischief.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and was given credit for time he spent behind bars after his arrest. That means he had no time left to serve.

The sentence was the low end of the range, and was recommended by Pierce County prosecutors as part of plea negotiations.

According to court papers:

Miller dropped his pants in front of the bus June 2, and as it tried to drive around him, threw a bottle at the vehicle, breaking two windows.

The shattered glass hurt a 9-year-old boy, though not seriously.

Later, Miller punched another driver who tried to help him.

Miller wrote the court a letter in June, apologizing for his behavior and indicating it was drug-related.

“Although I was in a drug-induced psychosis, I am still responsible for my actions,” the note said.

He went on to say he would like to do community service to make amends and that he wanted to focus on his family.

He hopes eventually to study to be a substance abuse counselor, or possibly a lawyer, the letter said.

“... I am not a violent person, and crude behavior and property destruction is not my M.O,” he wrote.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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