Olympic cyclist Gary Neiwand today received a suspended four-month jail term after pleading guilty to exposing himself to two women in Melbourne last year.
Deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic sentenced Neiwand, 45, to four months jail, wholly suspended for two years, and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond on the condition he continue treatment with a psychologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as Forensicare.
Prosecutor, Senior Constable Katherine Timberlake, told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that the psychologist's report indicated Neiwand had adopted coping strategies to reduce the risk of him re-offending, but "the risks are still present" and she urged Ms Popovic to place Neiwand on the sexual offenders register.
"Your honour needs to consider the safety of the community," she said.
But Ms Popovic said she had decided not to place Neiwand on the register because she could not be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that he did not pose a risk of re-offending.
The magistrate said Neiwand's treating psychologist told her the former champion cyclist had been able to reach a state where he could 'self reflect' on what he had done.
It was the psychologist's belief that Neiwand had been unable to move on and deal with his problems in the past because of his "renown" in the community.
The issues Ms Popovic needed to address before sentencing Neiwand had been what was an appropriate way to penalise his behaviour and how to ensure public safety.
The magistrate said Neiwand's behaviour last year had been during a difficult period of his life and he had since made considerable progress through counselling and treatment.
Ms Popovic said it was "imperative" Neiwand, who pleaded guilty to two counts of wilful and obscene exposure, continue his treatment with the psychologist.
Neiwand had been driving in Elwood on January 24 last year when he pulled alongside a female cyclist who had stopped on the side of the road.
He then wound down the front passenger window and asked the woman "can you finish this off" while holding his exposed genitals.
Neiwand exposed himself to a second victim in Ascot Vale on May 16, when he pulled over and asked a woman walking her dog for directions.
When he motioned her to come closer she saw Neiwand was masturbating.
Neiwand won sprint gold at the Commonwealth Games and silver at the Olympics, where he claimed four medals in total in the 1980s and early '90s.
Neiwand was released from prison in 2007 after serving nine months of an 18-month sentence.
He had been jailed in August 2006 for breaching an intervention order and other charges, including harassing his former girlfriend.