Pervert in dressing gown 'flashed' at two girls

The Bolton News, UK: 27 January 2010

A PERVERT exposed himself to two young girls after they asked him for water to fill water bombs they were playing with.

David Phoenix's dressing gown flapped open as he filled the balloons at an outside tap at his home, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He said in turn to each of his victims, aged 11 and 12: "What do you think about that little girl?"

Police later arrested him after the family of one of his victims got in touch.

The court heard Phoenix, aged 44, was wearing a dressing gown with nothing underneath and and while filling the balloons stopped holding it together.

Michael Scholes, prosecuting, said: "The girls were upset and crying and ran away. One told her mother and the police were called and he was arrested."

Phoenix, of Myrtle Avenue, Leigh, claimed it had been accidental and pleaded not guilty to two offences of indecent exposure on April 12 last year. But on the day his trial was due last month he changed his pleas to guilty.

Judge Robert Warnock made a three-year community order on condition he attends the Northumbria Sex Offenders' Programme.

Phoenix must also sign the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years. A Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his contact with youngsters under 18 years old was also imposed.

Paul Treble, defending, said it was "a one-off" incident which he regrets. "It was a moment of madness."

He has previous convictions but none for sex offences, he added.

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