Metro flasher apol­o­gises to teenage girls

Man claims he ‘for­got to pull his trousers up’

Sunday Sun - - News - By Katie Dick­in­son Re­porter katie.dick­in­son@reach­

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

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