A TOURIST followed two teenage girls on a Newquay beach and exposed himself to them.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, 34-year-old Paul Lyons was described by one police officer as a “dangerous sex offender”.
Lyons, of Newthorpe Common, Nottingham, who represented himself at the hearing, had previously admitted to committing and act which outraged public decency.
Elaine Hobson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the two girls, aged 12 and 16, were playing in the rock pools near the harbour in Newquay when they spotted Lyons, who was on holiday in Cornwall.
“They became aware of Mr Lyons who they say was following them from rock to rock,” she said.
“He was keeping a distance but gradually closing in on them.”
The girls saw that the man was exposing himself.
The court heard Lyons had previous convictions for similar offences of indecent exposure in 2001, sexual activity in the presence of a child in 2006 and breaching a sexual offences prevention order in 2012.
Judge John Neligan said: “What does trouble me [is that one police officer in Nottingham said] Lyons is indeed one of the most dangerous sex offenders my team and I have managed.”
Lyons was given a three-year community order with three years’ supervision by the probation service.
He was ordered to carry out a community sex offenders’ programme and pay £400 towards the costs of the prosecution.
He was also made the subject of a new sexual offences prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders’ register.