Tyngsboro flasher gets probation

Tyngsboro flasher gets probation

There are 20 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 20, 2008, titled Tyngsboro flasher gets probation. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

For months Karen Renaud felt like a prisoner in her own home. Every time she passed by Michael Palermo's house on the small Tyngsboro cul-de-sac where they both lived, he would be standing in his front window ...

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Capt Picard

Walpole, MA

#1 Sep 20, 2008
Another one walks out of a Lowell court with a slap.

Lowell, MA

#2 Sep 20, 2008
This guy is a sick puppy. How could he only get probation? If I was the family I would take care of business--

Leominster, MA

#3 Sep 20, 2008
I feel like my head is going to explode.....he says "I'm so sorry" and that's it, oh okay, he's sorry, let him go with a tap on the wrist.
Then sit back and wait until the sicko attacks someone, I swear these judges are twisted, evil people to let someone so obviously sick go free with just probation.
But if he cheated on his taxes or tried to protect his family from a home invasion he would get ten to twenty right off the bat!
I feel so bad for the woman he was doing this to, how can she feel safe knowing he is back on the street already, I wouldn't.

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Sep 20, 2008
He worked for Town of Tyngsboro-
as a high school girl's coach--

My tax dollars at work...
Replying to Linda

Lowell, MA

#6 Sep 20, 2008
Linda, he was never off the street. He was home all this time while the case got continued over and over. He had been ordered to keep all his blinds shut, but now that the case is over and he got his "sentence" all the windows are open again.

Oh yeah, and there's a school bus stop right there at the corner of his yard. Anyone take that into consideration? Nope. It's ridiculous. All those incidents _caught_on_tape_ and he didn't even have to register as a sex offender. Sad, sad, sad.

Mr. O'Connor is a man of incredible restraint and should be commended for doing his best to handle the situation through the courts. Too bad for all his effort and restraint this guy essentially walks. And that's the sad thing, if anyone tried to "take care of" the guy as Justice implies, they would have been the ones who wound up doing time, not Palermo.

“Hard Working NOLA dude”

Since: Jan 08

Lowell Massachusetts

#7 Sep 20, 2008

Leominster, MA

#8 Sep 20, 2008
Gottagift, is that supposed to be funny?

Leominster, MA

#9 Sep 20, 2008
Back to the topic, it makes me even more sick to read that this creep was never off the streets AND has a school bus stop at the corner of his yard? I agree, Mr. O'Connor has shown AMAZING restraint, a lot of people would have already taken justice into their own hands. One has to wonder though if this man lived in the judges neighborhood would the judge have been so lenient?

Dracut, MA

#10 Sep 21, 2008
What I don't get is why the police had to video tape the guy thirty times to finally arrest him.

Wasn't one or two enough? That's bizarre.
Replying to RSA

Lowell, MA

#11 Sep 21, 2008
You'd think it would have been enough, but apparently it wasn't even enough to get the guy a jail sentence!

Perhaps they were trying to get as much as they could on the guy, to show how frequent and habitual it was. Perhaps he was just doing it so often they got that many incidents before turning off the tape? I don't know, just speculating.

Each separate taped incident could have been an individual charge against him. Thirty counts of lewd and lascivious should have been charged against him and he should have been sentenced accordingly. As it was, I don't think the tape was ever admitted into evidence, probably because he agreed to plead guilty.

That's the power of a plea bargain for ya. Admit to 4 counts out of 30+ and get a slap on the wrist.

Lowell, MA

#12 Sep 21, 2008
Palermo's two oldest daughters had live in boyfriends during this period, which meant four adult males living in the house. Palermo hid his face with the upper shade while in the window. The video tape was necessary to capture not only the incidents but the face as well. Towards the end of the video process, he started to show his face. That's why it took 30 taped incidents. We are all still worried and watch the neighborhood children like a hawk.

Since: Sep 07


#13 Sep 21, 2008
How about putting large warning signs in his front yard? Something like the Scarlet Letter. ;-)

I pity his neighbors!

Colchester, VT

#14 Sep 24, 2008
It sickens me to know that this man was a coach to many children in the town at the high school.

I feel bad for them, having to read about their former coach like this.
jimmidy crickets

San Antonio, TX

#15 Sep 24, 2008
This is a bid odd, cause i'm sure this goes on A LOT! But many woman don't notice this. In reality the laws say it's his own home, and you really have the right to do what you want inside your home. What gets me is that she let it go on and on over 2 years! So she sees it once, and she thinks okay, that's wierd. She sees it twice, and thinks okay, this is getting a bit odd, coincedence? Then she sees it everyday for two years and finally says "that's it! I'm calling the cops!"
Of course I'm only implying what I would be thinking, maybe she enjoyed the show for awhile, until she didn't like it anymore, or thought it was enough. She was single and had two kids.
The man is sick for doing it for so long, put it away already! or flip the computer on and watch some porn, or better yet, go to your wife and get some!
I don't think it requires Jail time, but definitely some counseling, and if he does it again, then jail just for being stupid.

Boston, MA

#16 Sep 25, 2008
I think she liked to watch and then got caught by her selectman daddy and did not want to tell him the truth. So she destroyed this poor guys life. Shame on him for doing it. Was this case about the selectman daddy or the daughter?

Boston, MA

#17 Sep 25, 2008
People should not be so quick to judge another.
Just being me

Boston, MA

#19 Sep 25, 2008
Ew. In addition to his sentence, how about forcing him to plant large shrubs in front of all his windows so no one would have to even worry about seeing him standing in his window...
Just being me

Boston, MA

#21 Sep 25, 2008
In addition, OMG what a friggin sick @%$*

Since: Sep 07


#22 Sep 25, 2008
Just being me wrote:
Ew. In addition to his sentence, how about forcing him to plant large shrubs in front of all his windows so no one would have to even worry about seeing him standing in his window...
You just had to write "Ew"...LOL..
A friend

Fitchburg, MA

#23 Aug 2, 2012
Well, if her hubby wasn't a former drug addict/attempted rapist maybe karma wouldn't have bitten her in the behind. Personally, I know she suffered nowhere near as much as the women Phil victimized. I'm not going to lose a second's sleep over it.

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