Sex pest, 79, told to cover up

PUBLISHED: 07:39 02 September 2015 | UPDATED: 07:39 02 September 2015

Exeter Magistrates' Court

Exeter Magistrates' Court

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Woman left upset after pensioner exposed himself

A 79-year-old Seaton man has been warned to cover himself up after repeatedly flashing in his garden.

Terence Portch was warned that if he breaches a court order he could face five years behind bars.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that at 7am one March morning, he was in his front garden and said ‘good morning’ to a woman as she walked by.

She turned around to see Portch in his dressing gown which he had opened to expose himself to her, leaving her upset.

A month later two women saw him open his dressing gown to expose his genitals in the garden while he put his hands on his hips.

The court heard Portch, of Harepath Road, had two previous convictions for similar incidents.

The pensioner, who walks with the aid of a stick, admitted two charges of exposure.

His lawyer Warren Robinson said: “He knows he has done wrong. His neighbour has had to put up with his reckless behaviour. He doesn’t want to be in trouble again.

“He has already stopped going into his front garden in his dressing gown.”

District Judge Stephen Nicholls jailed him for eight weeks, suspended for two years.

He made a two-year community order, told him to pay £345 in costs, and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years. He also imposed a two-year restraining order banning Portch from causing harassment, alarm or distress to his neighbour Victoria Connell.

And the judge warned him that if he breached the restraining order then he could face a maximum of five years in jail.


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