Man jailed for exposing himself to child

A MAN has been sent to prison after exposing himself to an 11-year-old boy.

Anthony Bond

A MAN has been sent to prison after exposing himself to an 11-year-old boy.

Simon Archer, 22, was handed a 22-week sentence at Ipswich Crown Court yesterdayfollowing the offence on July 3.

The court heard that an 11-year-old boy was walking to see a friend in Felixstowe at about 4pm when he saw Archer, who he had noticed had been hanging around for a few days.

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As Archer, from Langer Road, Felixstowe, walked towards the youngster, he pulled down the front of his trousers and exposed his penis to the boy.

The boy then went to a friend's house before going to a nearby park, where he saw Archer near the children's play area. He called the police and gave a description and Archer was arrested.

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Prosecutor Paul Strelitztold the court that Archer had previously spent time in a young offenders' institution and was on the sex offenders' register. This followed an incident in 2007 when he was stood in a front bedroom window naked and on realising that a passerby, who was under the age of 13, could see him, Archer began to masturbate.

In sentencing him, Recorder Robin Purchas QC, said: “It is time that you learned to grow up and control yourself. You pleaded guilty to the offence of exposure, pulling your trousers down and exposing yourself to a young child of 11. It is something this child will never erase from memory, literally a scar for life.”

Neil Saunders, representing Archer, said: “There is a degree of remorse and realisation that he needs help and no doubt he will get that during a period of incarceration.”

The court was told that because of this offence, Archer had breached a suspended sentence handed to him in September last year for driving while disqualified which resulted in an increase sentence.

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