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A MAN claimed that he had ac­ci­den­tally ex­posed him­self near a school when he was caught short while out JOG­GING.

James O’Brien, 46, was spot­ted per­form­ing a sex act on him­self in an al­ley by a 17-year-old girl.

The car dealer told po­lice he had been des­per­ate for the toi­let af­ter drink­ing lots of flu­ids ear­lier, be­cause he was in train­ing to run a marathon.

The court heard O’Brien ex­posed him­self near Fors­brook Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School, in Stoke-on-Trent, at 8.30am on May 8 this year.

The teenager who saw O’Brien said she was walk­ing through the area to meet a friend.

She told the court: “I was 20 me­tres away and saw this per­son fac­ing a wall and it looked like he was hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one.

“Then I re­alised he was the only per­son there.

“At first, I didn’t no­tice any­thing and then I no­ticed he had his hands around his groin. I stopped as I didn’t know what he was do­ing, and I thought about go­ing back.

“As I got closer, he turned and looked at me.

“He was hold­ing it and said, ‘It’s OK, I’m just do­ing my busi­ness’.

“It didn’t look like he made any at­tempt to stop what he was do­ing. LOT OF FLU­IDS: James O’Brien

“I walked straight past him and didn’t make any eye con­tact. I turned around and he was look­ing at me.”

Dad-of-four O’Brien told the court: “I had been up since 6am and had been out for a run as I was get­ting ready for a marathon, so I had drank a lot of flu­ids.

“I had uri­nated in the hedge and then the girl came and I apol­o­gised.”

O’Brien, of Meir, Staffs, was fined £1,305 and given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der af­ter he was found guilty of ex­po­sure at North Stafford­shire Jus­tice Cen­tre.

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