A pervert who had recently been removed from the Sex Offenders’ Register has admitted performing sex acts in an Aylesbury town centre pub.
Simon Michael Woods, 47, of Alwin Close, Aylesbury, was caught pleasuring himself in public at the Kings Head pub on two separate occasions, seven months apart.
In the first offence Woods entered the Market Square pub, ordered a cider and placed a newspaper on his lap on the evening of November 17 last year.
A female witness reported hearing ‘a loud panting noise’ and noticed movement from underneath the newspaper, before Woods exposed his genitals.
On June 23, Woods returned to the pub and was recognised due to his ‘distinctive’ haircut.
On this occasion he ordered several alcoholic drinks before again performing the sex act, while looking intently at a woman.
Prosecutor Carole Henry said there had been a ‘considerable impact’ on the woman, who later feared going out alone and reported a negative effect on her relationships with her family and boyfriend after the incident.
Ms Henry said the woman ‘felt sick to the pit of her stomach, physically sick’ after witnessing the gross act.
After the second exposure, police were called and Woods was arrested for both offences.
Magistrates Caroline Chandler, Hari Wadhwa and Ian Griffiths heard Woods had a previous conviction for a similar offence, which took place in 2006.
After his trial at Harrow Magistrates Court in January 2008, he was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.
He had been removed from the list just 10 months before reoffending.
But Alex Walker, defending Woods, told the court: “The defendant accepts his actions were entirely wrong and inappropriate, and has reflected substantially on his actions.
“His actions do not form a pattern of regular behaviour – they are not everyday occurences. He is deeply ashamed and embarrassed.”
Mr Walker said Woods had a troubled childhood which led to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
But magistrates deemed their sentencing powers insufficient for the case and committed Woods to be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court at a later date.
He has been released on conditional bail and must not enter or attend the Kings Head before his next court appearance.