A pervert who handed a woman a letter asking her to take part in a sex act has been placed on a community payback order for two years.
Terry Tinsley also had his name added to the sex offenders’ register for two years when he appeared for sentence today.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard he made the lewd suggestion to a female care worker outside a sheltered housing development where she was looking after an 87-year-old woman.
The shocked woman – who can’t be named for legal reasons – immediately told her bosses who called the police.
Tinsley, 52, from Broxburn, West Lothian, pled guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm by handing the woman a letter containing “sexually explicit” remarks.
He denied asking her to pass the letter on to her 87-year-old patient, and the Crown accepted this.
Glenn Fraser, defending, said Tinsley didn’t seem to appreciate that his letter would cause the carer such distress.
Passing sentence, Sheriff Douglas Kinloch told the accused: “There are some ways of behaving which aren’t acceptable and this is one of them.
“I’m not sure that you have a proper understanding at the moment that that’s the case.
“I think you’ll be assisted in that regard if you have assistance from the social work department in terms of a supervision order.”
The court heard Tinsley committed the offence on September 30. After asking the woman for her name, phone number and email address he handed her the letter.
It contained his name and mobile phone number along with details of his Facebook account, and his Skype and email addresses.
Underneath he had written a message asking her if she would like to take part in a sex act.
His action caused the woman considerable alarm the court was told.
Tinsley, who is married, moved to Scotland from Southport on Merseyside about a year ago.