Pervert pensioner dodges jail
A pensioner has been banned from pleasuring himself in public after he filmed girls on buses and videoed himself performing a sex act while driving.
Trevor Glasper, 70, saw his sordid secret life exposed after a member of the public reported him acting suspiciously, taking pictures of people in a public place.
Officers went to his home after the concerned witness snapped a photo of him on her phone in January last year, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Emma Atkinson today told how they found:
• 32 mobile phones in his home and car, one containing two indecent photographs of children;
• An illegal animated movie, its title a smutty pun on The Wizard Of Oz, featuring an explicit scene involving the “cartoon-type” characters of Dorothy and the straw man;
• Videos taken by Glasper of him touching himself at home, on a bus behind a female passenger, and while driving – even calling himself by a lewd nickname after his habit of self-abuse;
• Images of a girl on a bus in school uniform, videos of females taken without their knowledge, following them in town and focusing on their bottoms.
Now, a court order bans him from taking pictures or videos of under-18 girls in public places including public transport, or taking part in solo sex acts in public, “including on a public road or on public transport”.
After a lengthy discussion in the courtroom, he was given the indefinite sexual harm prevention order, which also governs his use of the internet, electronic devices and recording equipment.
He could be jailed for up to five years if he offends again.
Glasper, of Raincliffe Court, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, admitted making indecent images of children – which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years – and possessing a prohibited image of a child.
He had previous convictions for indecent exposure in the 1960s and 70s but had been out of trouble for 43 years.
Yvonne Taylor, defending, said: “He is extremely sorry. He is remorseful. Reality has dawned rather later than it should have done.
“He said it’s nearly cost him his marriage. He’s just so ashamed of his behaviour and has said ‘I need help’. At long last he has managed to realise that.”
She said his crimes had badly affected his wife, who was “stunned, shocked, angry” and was in poor health.
Judge Peter Armstrong said Glasper’s sexual activities behind the wheel were “potentially not only dangerous but has the risk of someone seeing you, including children”.
This was even worse on buses in public view, he added.
He told Glasper: “You clearly have a distorted view of behaviour as far as children are concerned.
“What saves you from being locked up immediately is the fact that there were no contact offences.
He gave Glasper a three-year community order with supervision and a sex offender treatment programme.
He said this was “more constructive” than a short jail term, would provide greater long-term public protection and was no soft option.
Glasper is on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.