Sunderland flasher spared jail

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A SERIAL flasher has been spared jail after exposing himself to a woman from a window at his home.

Robert Chisnall deliberately flashed his private parts to the shocked passer-by in May last year.

The 38-year-old, who continues to deny his guilt, has convictions for exposing himself to young girls in 2001 and 2002.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Recorder Neil Davey QC sentenced him to a community order for three years with supervision and sex offender groupwork.

Chisnall, of Rose Street, Sunderland, who was convicted by a jury of exposure after a trial, must sign the sex offenders register for five years.

The judge told him: “The jury found that in May last year you stood at the window of your home and deliberately exposed yourself to a lady of mature years.

“Despite her maturity, your actions caused distress and offended, as these offences invariably do.”

Graham O’Sullivan, defending, said Chisnall continues to deny he is guilty of the offence.

Mr O’Sullivan told the court: “It is clear the impact of the conviction is considerable on his life already.

“His life is very different to what it was a year ago.

“He is now a single man and does not see his wife or children and does not know where they are.”