Metro flasher apologises to teenage girls
Man claims he ‘forgot to pull his trousers up’
A FLASHER has apologised after exposing himself to a group of young people at a North Tyneside Metro station.
Michael Pedersen admitted exposing his genitals to the teenagers as they were about to board the Metro in Tynemouth on May 30.
North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard the witnesses, who were “around 18 years old” were on the platform and saw Pedersen “on the train with his penis exposed”.
Iain Jordan, prosecuting, said one described him as “waggling it around” before shouting to the group “words to the effect of ‘come on kids, get on’.”
But Mr Jordan said: “None of the group got on the train because they were concerned about what they had seen. The doors closed and the Metro pulled away from that station heading towards Cullercoats.”
Now Pedersen, 26, has been handed a 12-month community order by magistrates after pleading guilty to outraging public decency.
His solicitor said he was “extremely intoxicated” on the night and “so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing”.
The court heard that one witness described saying goodbye to their friends and noticing a male sitting in the rear carriage of the Metro.
Mr Jordan said: “The description they gave was that the male appeared to be unwashed.
“He spoke over to the group and said words to the effect of ‘come on kids, get on’. They said he had his penis exposed and was waggling it around.”
The police were contacted and Pedersen, of Victoria Crescent, North Shields, was arrested but “didn’t go quietly”, the court heard.
He also admitted one count of assaulting a police NIGEL BODDY, MITIGATING officer after he “tensed his body and kicked towards an officer’s leg, causing soreness”.
In mitigation, Nigel Boddy said Pedersen was “extremely sorry for what happened on that night”.
He told the court: “The defendant can assist you very little about what happened because he was so intoxicated.
“He believes he may have tried to urinate somewhere and failed to put his clothes back on in order, struggled on to the Metro in a dishevelled state with his penis exposed.
“Mr Pedersen is extremely embarrassed by what has happened. It’s simply a case of a very drunk man failing to pull his trousers up properly. He apologises to the people who saw him.”
Magistrates sentenced Pedersen to a 12-month community order with 20 days’ rehabilitation activity.
They ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to the police officer he assaulted, £85 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Michael Pedersen leaving North Shields Magistrates’ Court