April 2017

Perverted shop assistant exposed himself to schoolgirls

A perverted shop assistant has been jailed after he exposed himself to two young schoolgirls

Already convicted sex offender Dale James Henderson, 27 of Windygates in central Fife appeared for trial at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court  where he faced a charge of intentionally exposing his genitals, in the knowledge that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress.

Henderson denied the exposure which forced two 11-year-old schoolgirls to give evidence in court.

The court heard that on their way  to school, the girls stopped at the shop to buy some sweets.

Henderson was stood behind the counter of the general store in Windygates as the two girls entered the premises.

The girls bought a few things and proceeded to pay for their goods.

As they approached the counter to pay, Henderson pulled his trousers down exposing his penis, knowing full well that both of the girls could see it.

Both girls were alarmed by his actions and left the shop immediately.

One of the girls texted her mother about the distressing incident. The mother told the girl to tell the headteacher straight away. However, the headteacher said it was a police matter.

The parents then informed the police. 

When questioned, Henderson admitted in court to “not wearing boxers that day”, but denied exposing himself.

The court was told that Henderson had a previous conviction for possession of images of child sexual abuse, of which he had received probation.

After he was found guilty, Henderson was sentenced to a total of ten months of which he must serve half in prison.

He was also told that he must register as a sex offender for the next ten years

The judge commended the bravery of the victims and the courage they showed in court.

After court, a family member of one of the victims expressed her disgust at the local store which serves many children on a daily basis for knowingly employing a convicted paedophile to work there without supervision.