Welwyn Exposer Escapes Jail Term

22 February 2015, 07:04

A man has escaped a jail term after exposing himself to a 12 year old girl in Welwyn.

A 12-year old girl who was walking to her grandmother's house in Welwyn Garden City looked up when she heard a window being knocked and saw Connor Harlow exposing himself.

Harlow, 20, did the same thing to an adult carer who had pulled up in a car to visit a client, St Albans crown court heard today/Friday.

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said the 12-year-old told her brother's girlfriend what had happened and the police were called.

Harlow, of Welwyn Garden City, pleaded guilty to two counts of exposure in April and June last year at an earlier hearing. He had previous convictions for masturbating over the web in the presence of a 12 year old girl and for having indecent images of children.

Carl Woolf, defending, said the previous convictions were when he was a young person.

Judge John Plumstead said: "He told a probation officer that he got a 'buzz' from masturbating in front of underage girls. There are children at risk of being traumatised by him. He is a menace."

The judge said the offences meant he could not send Harlow to prison for long enough for him to go on a sex offender treatment programme.

He passed a 3 year Community Order with supervision and a condition that he attends a Sex Offender Treatment programme in the community. He must abide by a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which bans him from using a computer with a web camera and a smart phone so he cannot make contact with underage girls.