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Church Gresley flasher in court after Stanton bus stop exposure bid

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

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A FLASHER was ordered to pay £500 to his victim after causing “post traumatic stress” and leaving her nervous of going out.

David Lawrence exposed himself to the 20-year-old when he drove up to a bus stop on Woodland Road, Stanton, and asked for directions to Sainsbury’s supermarket, a court heard.

As she tried to help, Lawrence began to commit the offence and said: “I don’t suppose you are going that way.” She replied “no,” Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court was told.

She later told police: “I was constantly moving backwards, trying to get far enough away so he could not get hold of me.”

Lawrence then drove off but the woman saw him pulling up a few days later at the same bus stop which the woman used regularly, said John Cooper, prosecuting.

In a statement read in court, she said it had made her jumpy about passing cars and always checking to see if he was the driver. She had harmed herself, had trouble sleeping and went on: “I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

“I have problems eating because I get so worked up. I don’t think I am as confident as I used to be.

“I am nervous about anyone coming up behind me. It has affected my relationship with my mother. I don’t want her to know certain things and find it difficult.

“She asks certain questions. She is very concerned because she knows I am anxious.”

Lawrence, of Stirling Close, Church Gresley, admitted intentionally exposing himself on April 3 this year. He was banned for life from contacting the woman, ordered to pay her compensation as well as £160 prosecution costs and a £60 government surcharge.

He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and must carry out 150 hours unpaid community work. While spending three years on probation, he must attend a programme to curb sex offending.

Theo Addae, mitigating, said Lawrence had suffered two family bereavements. His wife had also been ill and that made him feel lonely.

“He says quite frankly in his police interview, ‘I am a stupid guy that has done it on a whim,” he said.

“He has shown genuine remorse. He has become a recluse.”

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