A PERVERT nicknamed ‘Stevo the Paedo’ has been banned from going near any school after he admitted exposing himself to teenage pupils.
Steven Mewes was previously told he could face jail after pleading guilty to targeting the 14-year-olds, but he was given a suspended sentence at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The 33-year-old was also ordered not to go within 100 yards of any school.
Prosecutor Neil Fodor said Mewes would hang out in undergrowth, targeting children in Washington walking to school using a nearby path.
The girls saw the defendant, who appeared to be urinating, while making noises to draw their attention.
Mr Fodor added: “The girls could hear what they described as a rumbling noise.
“When they saw the defendant, he had his trousers around his thighs, and they could see his genitalia.
“He also had a tissue with blood on it.”
The court heard how school staff were subsequently alerted to the incidents and the police were called in to investigate.
Mewes, formerly of Sulgrave in Washington but now of no fixed abode, was arrested after officers retraced the girls’ steps and found him in the same spot.
The victims picked him out of an identity parade, noting his “discoloured, crooked and uneven” teeth.
Having initially denied any responsibilty, Mewes later pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent exposure intending to be seen and to cause alarm or distress.
When interviewed by police, he told them: “All the kids call me ‘Stevo the Paedo’. They think I’m creepy.”
Ian Jordan, defending, said Mewes had a history of learning difficulties but was undergoing treatment.
He added: “Mewes wishes to express, to all parties involved his remorse for his actions, which led to him being before the court.
“He accepts it is behaviour that is inappropriate.
“He has taken responsibility for the offences.”
Mewes was given a 12-week suspended sentence, with a two-year supervision requirement, and ordered to complete a sex offenders’ programme.
He was also banned from entering a park in Sulgrave and ordered to pay £80 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.