"Mr Cane-Soothill said anti-depressants may have disinhibited Welsh but it was out of character and would not happen again."
Flasher exposed himself on bus
Published Date: 20 March 2010
By Russ Newton
TEENAGE girls travelling on a South Yorkshire bus were horrified when a man unzipped his jeans and exposed himself to them, a court heard.
Nathan Welsh had tried to chat the two girls up and claimed to have been a baby-sitter for one of them when she was a youngster.
The incident on the bus between Thorne and Moorends, in Doncaster, last July, led to a charge of outraging public decency which Welsh admitted when he appeared before Doncaster Crown Court.
Welsh, aged 28, of Corona Drive, Thorne, was placed under supervision for 18 months and must also complete 200 hours of community payback work.
Prosecutor Michael Slater said the girls, aged 15 and 16, got on the 88 bus at Grampian Way and went upstairs where they sat with two boys they knew.
The defendant was sitting a few seats away and tried to strike up conversation with the girls by commenting on their breasts and asking if they wanted to go back to his flat for a drink.
Welsh also claimed he used to baby-sit for the 16-year-old when she was younger.
He then unzipped his jeans and exposed himself two or three times before a heated argument developed with the boys, one of whom called the police.
Welsh got off at Finkle Street, Thorne, and left both girls shocked and upset, said Mr Slater.
When he was arrested 10 days later in Haynes Road Welsh insisted the boys had been groping the girls and he had intervened because he knew one of them. He said he had been a baby-sitter for her when she was aged five and he was 16.
Michael Cane-Soothill, defending, said Welsh had initially denied the offence but changed his plea so the teenagers wouldn't have to give evidence.
"He describes his actions as stupid and he is remorseful and embarrassed. He can't really explain why he behaved in this way. It was out of character and will not happen again."
Mr Cane-Soothill said anti-depressants may have disinhibited Welsh but it was out of character and would not happen again.
Recorder Peter Kelson, QC, said he had no doubt the offence was shocking and upsetting for the girls and described it as "unnatural and unsettling behaviour".
He added: "As an adult you should not be behaving in that way."
- Last Updated: 19 March 2010 6:18 PM
- Source: Sheffield Star1
- Location: Sheffield