Pervert businessman tried to take photo up skirt of girl, 12, at bus stop
A sex offender tried to take a photo up the skirt of 12-year-old girl as they stood waiting for the bus.
Malcolm Donohue, 56, was spotted standing inappropriately close to the girl as she waited by the bus-stop.
And, as the girl moved to walk onto the bus, he was seen shifting his position so he could tilt his iPhone up the hem of her skirt.
The driver of a nearby vehicle, who saw Donohue make his move, was stuck in traffic but beeped his horn to alert the girl before he pulled in at a safe spot to call the police.
Donohue then moved away and appeared to use his mobile for a call before he got into a vehicle.
A teenage girl, who was walking on the other side of the road at the time, took down the registration number and both the victim and witness reported the event to the police.
Donohue, of Spring Gardens, Anlaby Common, was arrested at his workplace later that day. It appeared he didn’t manage to take any inappropriate photos.
Julia Baggs, prosecuting, told the court how the victim felt embarrassed and uncomfortable after the incident on May 10, 2016.
Reading from the girls victim impact statement, she said: “I felt embarrassed, I felt it was my fault in some way.
“Being wary of strangers is going to stay with me for a long time.”
Both the victim and witness said how they feel more comfortable in new places when accompanied by a parent after the incident.
Donohue, who pleaded guilty to attempting to take indecent photos of a child, has previously been convicted of common assault in 1998.
He was also convicted in 1999 of indecent assault on a female under 14.
Judge David Tremberg sentenced Donohue to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, along with ordering him to pay £1,200 in court costs.
Judge Tremberg said: “You are an intelligent, successful businessman.
“However there is a flaw in your character which it appears has existed for many years.
“It appears you had and still have a sexual interest in under age girls.”
Judge Tremberg said the girl and the witness were significantly distressed by the event.
He added: “I bear in mind the positive steps you have taken since taking responsibility for the offence .
“If the first step in rehabilitation is accepting you have a problem you have done that.”
Donohue must sign the sex offenders register and attend the Northumbria Sex Offender Group Treatment Programme.
He will also have a Sexual Harm Prevention Order placed on him for 10 years, which prevents him from living in the same household as any female child under 16, having any contact or communication with a female child under 16 and he is also prohibited from having any device which can store digital images.