AN Olton pensioner who conducted lewd acts on buses in front of other passengers - one as young as 17 - has been handed a three year community order and told to join a sex offenders programme.
Carl Franklin’s victims sat in the public gallery of Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday to watch the 76-year-old being sentenced for four counts of ‘committing an act outraging public decency,’ dating back to 2010.
The pensioner, who was not represented in court, said he was ‘embarrassed’ by his behaviour, which occurred on a number of bus routes across Solihull, including the Nos 76, 37 and 49.
John Dove, prosecuting, said Franklin’s behaviour followed a similar pattern in that he would get on a bus, sit next to a female passenger despite there being other empty seats, conduct the act under a newspaper and ‘brush up’ against his victim.
Mr Dove said the ordeal with the 17-year-old, which occurred on February 14 last year on the No 37 service between Solihull and Birmingham, lasted around 20 minutes.
“It was 5pm, it was dark and she was very anxious and frightened. She could see what the defendant was doing but was trapped in her seat. She told the driver what had happened but [Franklin] said she was lying.”
Similar incidents occurred involving a 44-year-old woman on the number 49 bus in 2011 and a 49-year-old woman in September last year.
Franklin of Mason Court, Hillborough Road, initially pleaded not guilty to the allegations but changed his plea on January 14, the day of his trial.
Mr Dove added: “While there are no physical injuries, the psychological harm to the victims is likely to be considerable.”