Teenager found guilty of exposure

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A TEENAGER convicted of repeatedly exposing himself from his window had deliberately targeted young or adolescent girls, a judge said.

Anthony Haveley took steps on some occasions to draw their attention.

The youngest of those who witnessed his behaviour was nine years old.

Preston Crown Court also heard that he still maintained his innocence in relation to the charges against him.

The nineteen-year-old of Barton Avenue, Knott End, was given sixteen weeks custody, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and an order to do 120 hours unpaid work.

A jury had convicted him of five counts of exposure.

The offences related to incidents in May, June and July last year while the defendant was living at a flat in Campsea House, Knott End.

Mr Michael Goldwater, prosecuting, said the behaviour had been towards girls or young women passing by his address.

The defendant had stood naked at the window.

The females who witnessed his behaviour were aged nine, eleven, fourteen, fifteen and seventeen.

“They were sickened and disgusted by what happened”, said Mr Goldwater.

“One of them said she was so worried about walking past the house afterwards that she sometimes went the long way round to a friend’s.”

Defence barrister Miss Julie Taylor said Haveley continued to deny the offences.

“He is of previous good character. He is a rather naive young man of nineteen, eighteen at the time. He is assessed by the probation service as a low risk of re-offending.

“The fact he has been convicted by the jury has been a shock to him, that he faces a possible custodial sentence.

“At the time he was living on his own. It is perhaps unlikely he will ever find himself before the crown court again. He has learned a salutory lesson”.

In passing sentence Judge Stuart Baker told the teenager: “I am entirely satisfied you waited for the opportunity for the young girls to walk past.

You took steps on some occasions to draw their attention.

“On at least one occasion you held up a hand written sign with rather offensive words on it.

“The fact you have been convicted doesn’t appear to have enabled you to have any real understanding as to what you have done and the inappropriateness of it”.

Haveley will be on the sex offenders register for seven years and also banned from working with children.

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