November 2016

Jailed: Sex offender caught naked near teenage girls

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A known sex-offender was caught after an eagle-eyed tram conductor spotted him naked near a group of teenage girls in Wolverhampton.

Jonathan Walsh, 25 of no fixed address, has been jailed for 20 months for ‘outraging public decency and breach of sexual offences prevention order’ after a tram worker alerted police when she saw, stark-naked Walsh crouched behind a shelter.

CCTV from The Crescent stop at 5.40pm on May 7, clearly captured Walsh walking across the Midland Metro line clothed, going off camera, to reappear seconds later, completely naked and carrying his clothes, before touching himself inappropriately.

Walsh, who is already on the sex offender register for life after committing previous, similar offences, was identified by officers.

He was arrested days later at the address where he was staying.

A search of his room also uncovered a memory stick, containing material forbidden to Walsh as a result of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) handed to him in 2011.

He was subsequently charged with outraging public decency and two counts of breaching a SOPO – one for the memory stick and the other for his actions at the tram stop.

Pleading guilty at an earlier hearing, on November 3, Walsh, has now been sentenced to 20 months behind bars in total for the offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court.