Friday, January 10, 2014
A judge commended the quick-thinking actions of two young girls , who reported a man, who made an indecent suggestion to them in a King’s Lynn swimming pool, and awarded them £100 each from public funds.
The girls, aged 12 and 11, immediately reported the matter to staff at the St James pool after Christopher Poulter made an indecent suggestion to them, after staring at them in the pool, Norwich Crown Court heard.
One of the girls told Poulter, 26, that his remark was “sick” and although feeling shaken and scared, they remembered their parents advice about strangers, and immediately reported the matter to staff at the pool.
John Morgans, prosecuting, said that Poulter was spoken to by staff and police were called.
Mr Morgans said when Poulter’s phone was examined it was found to contain distasteful images of women.
Poulter, who lives in Horsham, Sussex, admitted committing an act outraging public decency on January 26, last year.
After hearing Poulter had a number of personal difficulties , Recorder Maureen Baker imposed a nine month sentence suspended for two years. She also made him subject to a five year sexual offences prevention order, under which he must not have unsupervised contact with any child under 16.
She also singled out for praise the two girls and commended them for their actions, saying it could have prevented possible further offences.
“They did as they were told by their parents and stuck together and their prompt reporting has potentially reduced the risk for other children.”
Recorder Baker said in impact statements it showed that both girls suffered nightmares about what happened.
“Both girls talked of their distress and how afraid they were.
They are still effected by what occurred.”
She said there was a wide age difference between the girls and the defendant and said she thought the sentence she imposed would provide the best protection for the public.
Sarah Taite, for Poulter, said he was unlikely to offend again. She said he had a number of difficulties and had been suffering from depression at the time.
He now had sought help for his problems and had the support of his family.
“He is never going to put himself, or others in such a position again. He has learned a very deep and serious lesson. He will never come before the court again.”