Teen sex offender admits flashing in park
10:33am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A teenager sex offender has admitted exposing himself in Gorslas park.
Scott Aaron Williams, of 25 Maesglas in Pontyates, was arrested on September 25 following reports of a flasher operating in the park.
Llanelli magistrates were told how one woman had been on her way home through the park when Williams approached from the opposite direction.
As he neared, the 19-year-old opened the fly of his trousers and exposed himself.
The woman reported the incident to the police who spotted Williams in Church Road.
As officers confronted the teen, the witness approached and identified Williams as the culprit.
Following his arrest, Williams told officers he had gone to the park having been dropped off nearby after work.
He confirmed the woman’s version of events.
Asked why he exposed himself, Williams told police: “I get a thrill out of it.
“I saw the woman walking towards me so I opened my fly and got my genitals out.”
Williams admitted he had been aware children were present in the park at the time of the incident, adding that he had deliberately exposed himself “in the hope someone would see”.
“I know I need help,” he told officers.
Magistrates heard how Williams had appeared at Swansea Crown Court in February where he received a 12-month community order and was listed on the sex offenders register for five years after admitting three separate incidents of exposure.
He was also reprimanded in 2009 for a similar offence.
Peter Rees Jones, defending, said Williams accepted he had “a serious problem”.
“He is now getting help,” said Mr Rees Jones.
“Previously he was in denial, but that has now changed.
“When there is any sort of addiction or compulsion involved, the person needs to admit that they have a problem. He has reached that point now.”
Magistrates were told that the offence had been aggravated by the fact that the incident had taken place “in a very busy park with lots of children there”.
After considering the extent of their powers, magistrates decided to return the case to the crown court for sentencing.
“We feel that this case should go back to the crown court for a greater sentence than we could impose, particularly in light of the location and circumstances surrounding the offence.
“We recognise that you want help, but we feel our powers are inadequate.”
Williams will appear at Swansea Crown Court on November 1 for sentencing.