Van driver’s sex act in front of passing girl

Andrew Clark was put on the sex offenders register at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser
Andrew Clark was put on the sex offenders register at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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A PERVERT shocked a passing teenage girl when he comitted a sex act - while driving his van.

Andrew Clark pulled up alongside the girl as she made her way along a busy street and managed to grab her attention. The shocked 17-year-old looked into the vehicle to see Clarke at the wheel with his trousers pulled down and committing a sex act.

Clark then smiled and laughed at the disgusted youngster as she looked at him before he drove off along the High Street, in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

Clark, of Pathhead, Midlothian, has now been placed on the sex offenders register and could lose his vehicle and be banned from driving when he is sentenced next month.

The 39-year-old appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing himself to the girl with the intention she would see what he was doing in Musselburgh, East Lothian, on 19 December last year.

Calum Darling prosecuting told the court: “The complainer was a 17-year-old girl, and the locus was busy at the time of the offence.

“The complainer was walking and the accused was driving a small van. He brought himself to the attention of the complainer.

“She turned to look at him and he had his trousers pulled down.

“He smiled and laughed as he masturbated and then drove slowly around the corner where he was lost to sight.”

Mr Darling added the distressed girl contacted police and had been left “extremely upset” at the incident.

The youngster had managed to get a partial number plate of the pervert’s van and with the use of CCTV Clark was eventually detained at his home later that evening.

The van has been seized by police and the Crown is seeking its forfeiture.

Defence agent Andrew Mellor said his client’s only explanation to his behaviour was that it was “a moment of madness”.

Sheriff Peter Braid deferred sentence on Clark to next month for the preparation of reports and continued the bail condition of not to enter Musselburgh.

Sheriff Braid placed Clark on the sex offenders register for a period yet to be determined, and said he would deliberate whether Clark’s vehicle should be confiscated and whether he will be banned from driving as a result of his behaviour.