Colchester soldier who flashed penis at schoolgirl and recorded woman showering spared jail
A pervert soldier from Colchester who recorded a woman in the shower and flashed his penis at a schoolgirl has been spared jail because it would have impacted his army pension.
In April 2014, Lewis Jeanes went to a country path in Hampshire, exposed his genitals and videoed the act on his phone – just hours after he had been to a hearing to deal with explicit videos he had sent to four young girls.
The 34-year-old then stood on the side of the footpath close to the A30 near Hook and masturbated as a young woman walked past.
But this was just one of four vile acts which led to him being brought before Chelmsford Crown Court today (Wednesday, October 18).
During a trip to London for an Army and Navy Rugby day in Twickenham in May 2014, Jeanes used his phone to film a young woman as she showered at the Restup Hotel in New Kent Road, recording her over the shower cubicle.
He later stood by her at a sink, positioning the phone so both he and his victim could be seen, before he started to masturbate as his victim brushed her teeth.
Two weeks later, the pornography addict videoed himself masturbating on a path which leads to the Willows estate and runs alongside Thomas Lord Audley School in Colchester.
He then tried to engage a young girl in conversation as she walked past, asking her to say “Hi” and telling her that he “didn’t mean to scare” her.
Jeanes, of Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, was snared by police after officers paid a visit to his home on December 20, 2015.
Having already admitted to sending four schoolgirls videos of his penis via Snapchat between September and November 2013, Jeanes received a monitoring visit during which officers conducted an inspection of his iPhone.
There they discovered the four sordid videos from April and May 2014, which had taken place shortly before his conviction for similar offences.
“These offences came to light because the defendant has a previous conviction for sending images of his penis on Snapchat to four schoolgirls,” said prosecutor Samantha Lowther, referring to the acts which took place in the autumn of 2013.
“He received a community order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
“On the day the first offence was committed, he had already been in court on that day.
“They were young women, and, in relation to the last offence, it was a young girl.”
In September, a jury found Jeanes to be guilty of three counts of indecent exposure and one count of voyeurism for the offences that took place in the spring of 2014.
Mitigating for Jeanes, Matthew Morgan told the court how his client had an impressive history as a staff sergeant, having served in several campaigns and been given a Queen’s Award for his nearly 18 years in the army.
“I think the defendant is embarrassed about everything,” said Mr Morgan.
“He didn’t want to ask colleagues for references.
“His future is pretty much shot.”
Jeanes, who was wearing a navy suit and tie, said little throughout the hearing other than to confirm certain facts with his barrister and was allowed to sit as Judge David Turner QC handed down sentence.
“You present something of an enigma,” said Judge Turner.
“You have a good service record – you’ve done tours in this country, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
“You joined the army at 16 and have served for nearly 18 years – it has been your life.
“And the army has kept you, despite your previous sexual offending in 2013, to which you pleaded guilty.
“On your own admission, you are something of a sexual risk taker.
“That has been a feature of your private consensual relationships – it’s also been a feature of your public misconduct.”
Judge Turner reprimanded Jeanes for lying to the jury during his trial, telling the sex offender that he did indeed believe he got a “rush of sexual excitement” from his voyeurism and exposure.
He also condemned Jeanes from not sharing the full details of his exploits with his fiancé.
It was accepted that Jeanes was “emotionally troubled” by the media attention his case had received, and Judge Turner acknowledged he was now drinking heavily as a result.
“I could impose a short immediate sentence – in one view it’s what you deserve,” said Judge Turner.
“You would go to prison for a short period.
“The better option for the public overall is that tabs should be kept on you for some time.”
Judge Turner felt that either an immediate or suspended custodial sentence would have dire repercussions for Jeanes, who would be discharged from the army, lose a lump sum and be unable to draw from his military pension until he was 60 as a result.
Jeanes was handed a three-year community order, with a supervision requirement to last the same length, as well as being ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.
He was also ordered to undertake the Horizon sex offender treatment programme, to pay the statutory victim surcharge and contribute £2,000 towards prosecution costs.
Not only will he have to sign the Sex Offender Notification Register for five years, Jeanes is now subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prohibits him from sending any images of his genitals or going into female toilets and changing areas.