A flasher who targeted a lone woman on a country road has been sent on a sex offenders’ course.
Damon Keatley exposed himself to the same victim on two different occasions but was caught after she followed his car and tipped off the police.
He pulled up next to her car on both occasions and exposed himself so she could see him from her own vehicle.
In the first incident, he started exposing himself in Honiton Road, Exeter, and then followed the woman’s car out of the city before doing so again on a country lane at Rockbeare.
In the second, the woman saw his car parked next to hers at a shopping centre in Exeter and took refuge in a Costa Coffee shop in the hope he would give up and go away.
When she came out, he exposed himself again and so she followed his car along Hill Barton Road, Exeter, while giving a running commentary on the phone to her boyfriend, who alerted the police.
She photographed his car, which enabled him to be traced and arrested.
Keatley claimed he had been doing nothing wrong but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court last month.
The 31-year-old, of Glasshouse Lane, Exeter, denied but was found guilty of two counts of exposure and was jailed for six months, suspended for two years by Judge Peter Johnson.
He was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work, sent on the Horizon sex offenders’ treatment programme, and ordered to attend 36 additional days of rehabilitation activities.
He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years and banned from any further contact with the victim by a restraining order.
The judge told him: ”You clearly targeted a young woman on her own in her car, which had blacked out windows, so you could not have known whether she had children with her.
“It is absolutely clear to me that you were masturbating for your own sexual gratification. Your accounts were ludicrous and the jury saw through them.”
The judge said the public would be better protected by Keatley confronting his sexual issues on a sex offenders’ course rather than serving a short jail sentence.
Miss Christine Hart, prosecuting, said the two incidents involved the same woman who saw Keatley exposing himself in a car on September 28, 2018 and March 10, 2019.
On the second occasion, she recognised him and went into Costa Coffee where she waited for ten minutes in the hope he would go away.
He was still there when she came out and exposed himself to her as he had done previously. He then drove away and she followed his car so she could report him to the police.
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Keatley told the jury he had been in the car but had not exposed himself deliberately or intended to cause anyone alarm or distress.
Mr William Parkhill, defending, said Keatley is the main breadwinner for his young family of partner and three children who would suffer if he went straight to custody.
He said police had checked their intelligence system and found no evidence of similar offending.