Bus pervert trapped

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A PENSIONER who caught buses in Doncaster in order to commit sex acts in front of girls on the top deck is facing his first prison sentence, at the age of 69.

John Wilbraham was in breach of a court order simply by boarding buses at Doncaster Interchange and later admitted he wanted to be caught exposing himself to adolescent girls making their way to The Dome.

A judge at Doncaster Crown Court said the offences committed by Wilbraham merited an 18-month jail term, but adjourned the case for a month to see if there was an alternative sentence to confront his problem.

Wilbraham travelled from his home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on three separate dates in January and February and got on the number 57 bus at the interchange.

Even that was in breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed by a Nottingham court in 2009, which banned him from any bus because of his history of committing sexual offences over the past 20 years.

Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting, said the first offence of exposure took place on the top deck when he was sitting two seats behind four 13-year-old girls.

One of the girls later told her mother she had seen the old man committing a sexual act and when CCTV from the bus was checked it showed him acting furtively and looking around the bus.

A fortnight later he got on the same bus and sat close to two 16-year-old girls who saw him repeating the act and moaning loudly while looking at them, said Mr Rawlinson.

Police circulated his photo to interchange staff and he was seen the next day on the same bus.

Although he denied being in Doncaster on the previous occasions, he pleaded guilty to two charges of exposure and three breaches of the order when he appeared in court.

Wilbraham currently has a 12-month suspended sentence hanging over him for the 2009 offences.

Defence solicitor Sarah Brown said the offences were a cry for help because his wife was divorcing him and he found it difficult to cope.

He knew he would be caught.