An elderly man tried to befriend teenage girls travelling alone on buses, a court was told.
Blackpool Magistrates Court heard Jeffrey Mole kissed two of the girls and he offered others meals, an engagement ring and a mobile phone.
He would also scare the girls by talking mysteriously about his ‘connections’ with Sicily and the Mafia while prying into their private lives.
District Judge Jeff Brailsford told Mole: “There is a clear need for vulnerable teenage girls to be protected from you.”
Mole, 78, of Hornby Road, Blackpool, admitted sex assaults on a 16-year-old schoolgirl and a 17-year-old girl student.
He also admitted threatening behaviour towards two other 16-year-old girls.
Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting told the judge the first offence happened after Mole met the girl at a bus stop.
She got on the vehicle and he sat next to her.
Mr Hollamby added: “He then gave her a hug and kissed her on the cheek and put his hand on her leg.
“She got off the bus at the next stop and reported what had happened.”
The court heard how his second victim was sitting on the back seat of a virtually empty bus when Mole joined her.
Mr Hollamby added: “He pulled on her college pass which was on a chain around her neck.
“She was becoming concerned and then he asked if she wanted any cigarettes or a meal.
“He questioned her about getting engaged and said he would put a ring on her finger.
“She became scared when he asked about meeting her the following day.”
That victim also reported what happened to the police.
The offences of threatening behaviour involved two further girls who he asked out for meals and talked about the Mafia.
Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client needed help.
She added: “My client has been on the police radar for some time.
“All of the signs were there that he was not coping.
“The first girl was one of a group who truanted from school and who would ask him to go an buy them cigarettes.
“The others were chance meetings.”
Mole was placed on two years supervision.
He was placed on a five year Sex Offenders Prevention Order under which means he must have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 years old.
The defendant must not travel on public transport between 8am and 10am and 3pm and 5pm.
He must also not loiter around bus stops during those times.
And he must not loiter near schools or colleges at any time of the day.
Mole was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for five years by the district judge.