TWO sacked charity workers have been left “embarrassed and remorseful” after being caught performing a sex act on a bus carrying disabled students.
Lesley Armour, 47, and Terence Webb, 64, have been sentenced to community orders after they admitted their sexual behaviour at lunchtime in a college minibus at Hendon promenade, with students in the back.
The learning skills assistants at the Educational Services for People with Autism (Espa) College, in Sunderland, admitted outraging public decency.
Sunderland magistrates yesterday gave Webb, of Compton Court, Oxclose, Washington, and Armour, of Topping Street, Boldon Colliery, community orders with 24-month supervision requirements, ordered to pay £60 victim surcharges, plus £25 court costs.
Magistrates were told how the pair, who were later dismissed by the college, had been left “embarrassed and remorseful” by the incident.
Andy Travis, defending Webb, said: “He very much regrets what has happened and cannot stress that too much.
“It was not pre-planned.
“One thing led to another.
“It’s something he has got to live with and he cannot turn the clock back. He has lost his job and he is not going to get another at his age.”
Jaxon Taylor, defending Armour, said she had mental health problems which were being addressed in the community.
He added: “She is a low risk of re-offending and low risk of harm to the public.”
The court heard that the incident happened at noon on May 10, when Webb and Armour stopped off at Hendon promenade after a day out.
They were seen by a cargo handler who was passing by.
Concerned for the welfare of the students, he confronted the defendants, who were in a “passionate embrace”.
They drove off and later told bosses that the man had reacted angrily to the students, who are autistic.
However, their secret was revealed after the witness made a note of their licence plate and officers tracked them down.
Espa confirmed the defendants were immediately suspended and subsequently dismissed.