December 2018

King’s School worker caught pleasuring himself in Chester street

A father of three pleasured himself behind a woman as he walked to work at a top independent school in Chester.

Mark Andrew Chalenor, 55, of Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, told police officers it had been a “moment of madness” when he was later arrested near The King’s School.

CCTV operators had spotted him with his penis in his hand on Northgate Street as he strolled behind an oblivious stranger at around 6.30am on Thursday, November 8 this year.

He pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance by indecent exposure and was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, at Chester Magistrates Court on Monday (December 17).

Rob Youds, prosecuting, said the CCTV team had been scanning the city streets that morning when they “came across the defendant walking close to an unknown female”.

“They zoomed in and saw the defendant expose his penis and start masturbating behind this woman before then putting his penis back inside his trousers,” Mr Youds said.

The team alerted police and at around 7am officers located Chalenor just before he arrived at The King’s School, where he had been working as a kitchen porter for around two years.

Upon his arrest he said: “Yes, I did it. Will I go to prison?”

In his police interview he explained that he had taken the bus into Chester before beginning his usual stroll to work.

He admitted he had then decided to take out his penis, which is “something he regrets doing and is very embarrassed about”, Mr Youds said.

Chalenor stressed he had not been following the woman, they had just been “going in the same direction”. He also denied masturbating and claimed his motive had not been sexual.

“He said it was a moment of madness,” Mr Youds told the court. “He doesn’t know why he did it; he can’t explain it.”

The defendant, who has three children from a past relationship, had now lost his job at the school and the whole experience had been a “shock to the system”

As part of his suspended sentence, Chalenor must undertake a 29-day sex offenders programme and carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.