A SERIAL flasher who targeted women in public places has walked free from court.
Shaun Scott left his victims feeling frightened and distressed after exposing himself to them in Sunderland and South Shields in June.
The 20-year-old was caught because his DNA was already on police file after a conviction earlier this year when he performed a sex act in front of a woman shopkeeper, then asked her for a pen so he could write down his Facebook details for her, should she wish to keep in touch.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Ben Nolan said Scott’s behaviour was “deeply disturbing” and probably triggered by the use of cannabis.
But the judge said a three-year community order with sex offender treatment was appropriate “for the protection of the public in the long term”.
Prosecutor Diane Spence said Scott’s first victim was targeted at Lizard Lane caravan park, where she was on holiday.
Scott started following the frightened woman while she was out with her dog.
She was forced to take refuge inside a campervan while he performed a sex act on himself outside.
Days later Scott flashed at two 13-year-old girls in Cornthwaite Park, at Whitburn.
Miss Spence said: “They were quite clearly both distressed by what they had seen.”
Hours later Scott followed a lone jogger near the Sunderland AFC training ground at Cleadon.
He overtook her on his bike and performed a sex act.
The woman said she was “disgusted” and ran from the area.
Later on the same day Scott approached a 15-year-old at Dykelands Road, Sunderland, who had stopped when the chain came off her bike.
He asked her the way back to South Shields, but then started scaring her with his inappropriate questioning and behaviour.
Scott was chased off when a member of the public intervened.
Scott, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, admitted three charges of exposure and one of threatening behaviour.
He has to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Greame Cook, defending, said Scott acknowledges and accepts he needs “assistance and help”.