Man jailed over indecently touching himself in front of Gislingham schoolgirls

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A man convicted of indecently touching himself in front of a group of schoolgirls in Gislingham has been jailed.

Dominic Smith, 26, was today sentenced to a total of 15 months imprisonment by Judge John Devaux at Ipswich Crown Court.

Smith had denied two offences of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, but following his trial at the same court in September was found guilty by a jury of both charges.

The court heard allegations that Smith had been seen touching himself indecently near the village playing field in Gislingham on two occasions in view of young girls.

The charges related to incidents on May 17 and May 19 last year which had been reported to police.

Smith, now of Farm Meadow, School Road, Elmswell, had at the time of the offences been living with his girlfriend in Gislingham.

Giving evidence, Smith denied having done anything wrong and told the jury that he had never indecently touched himself in public.

The court heard that in 2013, Smith had been convicted by magistrates of putting his hand down the front of his trousers and touching himself in front of a schoolgirl in Elmswell.

In addition to jailing Smith, Judge Devaux made him the subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and said ordered Smith to sign the sexual offences register.