Man exposed himself as he drove by

Adam Hartshorne from Normanton. Appearing at Wakefield magistrates court charged with three counts of exposure in a public place.'w320a235
Adam Hartshorne from Normanton. Appearing at Wakefield magistrates court charged with three counts of exposure in a public place.'w320a235

A DRIVE-BY flasher who exposed himself to young women from his car has been put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Adam Hartshorne, 31, targeted two teenage joggers, a group of women outside a nightclub, and a lone women after driving up to them in his car.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard Hartshorne, of Rose Mount Drive, Normanton, blamed his behaviour on his “ridiculous” use of cannabis.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden told how Hartshorne first struck at Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam when he accosted two 17-year-old female joggers at 6.30pm on June 20, leaving them feeling shocked.

Then on August 13 at 10.10pm he stopped outside Warehouse 23 nightclub on Smyth Street and beckoned a group of young women over. He exposed himself and drove away. And five minutes later he was driving down Sugar Lane, Belle Vue where he stopped beside a woman and again exposed himself.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said in a statement: “On the night of the incident I was very shocked and stunned. It almost felt like an out-of-body experience. I started to think ‘what if?’ and I felt as though I was targeted...I felt dirty, violated.”

Hartshorne was arrested minutes later and police found a small amount of cannabis in his car. He pleaded guilty to three offences of exposure and one of possession of cannabis.

John Nixon, mitigating, said his client had no history of this sort of behaviour and wished to apologise.

Deputy District Judge District Sandra Knapton, passing sentence, said: “Two young women jogging along don’t deserve to have done to them what you did. And people on a night out enjoying themselves also didn’t deserve to have done to them what you did.

“I’m told the reason why you did is because at the time you were using cannabis at a ridiculous, high level.”

The judge said the victims’ personal statements had told her quite a lot about the impact on them, adding: “Certainly you have affected their lives. They now feel uncomfortable and suspicious of people who they shouldn’t feel suspicious of.”

Hartshorne was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision and 60-day activity requirements. He must pay £85 costs.