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Sexual offender released from jail

Left lurid notes on windshields

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A REPEAT sex offender is back on the street after spending three months in jail for leaving sexually explicit notes on unsuspecting women's car windshields.

The contents of three handwritten messages Michael Grodde left for the total strangers while they shopped at Sobeys in August are too graphic to publish, but are the latest in a string of indecent acts in his long criminal history.

Grodde, 52, also admitted Monday he left a similar message for another stranger as she visited the Rossmere Country Club on Watt Street that same month.

In each case, the four victims -- ranging in age from their 20s to late 40s -- were left upset and afraid by the "rather bothersome" sexual notes, Crown attorney Cindy Sholdice said.

After being released from custody in November 2011, Grodde secured a job at Sobeys on Henderson Highway and did well while on probation, Judge Catherine Carlson was told.

That supervision order expired and by last August he was caught leaving the last of the graphic messages, Sholdice said.

He was captured on store surveillance on Aug. 21 and hauled into the store manager's office for an interview.

"I thought I knew this woman and left a bad note," Grodde said, twice denying to his boss he'd done this before. "She just looks familiar," he said.

He left the store office under the guise of using the washroom and fled to Calgary where he lived at a shelter, court heard.

Grodde chose to return to Winnipeg and deal with his criminal-harassment charges, Carlson heard.

"He needs supervision and he needs treatment or unfortunately, it appears, will revert back to his offending," said Sholdice.

Grodde's first sexual offence dates back to 1987 for making indecent phone calls. In 1995, he was convicted of raping a woman at knifepoint.

In 2007, he was sentenced to 18 months for sexual assault after he poured a vessel of his bodily fluid on a University of Winnipeg student.

Despite committing other crimes since then, he's been "de-escalating" with age, defence lawyer John McAmmond said.

Just before court, Grodde twice requested psychological help be included as part of a three-year probation term, McAmmond said.

"This is a man who clearly needs help," he said. The probation keeps Grodde on a nightly curfew and bars him from going to any Sobeys in Manitoba.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 4, 2014 A3

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