May 2019

Pervert faces sentencing after he coaxed children into woods before exposing his genitals

A man has admitted exposing his genitals to children after he had coaxed them into woods under the pretence that he needed help looking for a dog.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on May 15 how Bradley Hearne, 22, approached youngsters at a park area on Brooks Road, at Barrowhill, near Staveley, and claimed he had lost a dog.

Prosecuting solicitor Marianne Connolly added one of the children had been with a group of friends who had been approached by Hearne who said he had lost a dog and needed help to look for it.

Ms Connolly added: “He showed a picture on a mobile phone and encouraged them to follow him to a wooded area and in the park he exposed his genitals to the children present and caused them to run away.”

Police tracked Hearne down after they were given a description and he was arrested shortly after the incident, according to Ms Connolly.

Hearne, of Hazelwood Drive, Barnsley, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing his genitals to cause alarm or distress.

Magistrates adjourned the case until June 3 to consider a probation report before sentencing.