Parents of primary children were horrified after they saw a man apparently having sex with a woman at a bus stop opposite their after-school club.
The mums and dads witnessed the brazen display by John Baird as they arrived to collect their children from the Kingfisher after-school club in Linlithgow, West Lothian.
One disgusted dad even took a photograph of Baird’s bare bottom as he “simulated sex” by thrusting it backwards and forwards.
The shocking image was shown to Sheriff Pamela Bowman at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday.
Sheriff Bowman said: “What’s seen in the photograph certainly amounts to the commission of this offence.”
Baird, 35, from the Westquarter district of Falkirk, pled guilty yesterday to committing an act of public indecency by engaging in a sexual act in a public place – although his
defence argued he had been wearing a thong and the entire event had been “a simulated act”.
His former co-accused Carrie Ann Alves, 35, of Avon Drive, Linlithgow Bridge, had a plea of not guilty to committing the offence last October 1 accepted by the Crown.
Prosecutor Andrew Richardson said Baird had been seen drunk at Chalmers Hall, Linlithgow – where the school club meets – at about 3pm on the day of the offence.
Two hours later, a man driving on Edinburgh Road with his daughter saw the accused at the bus stop on the other side of the road.
Mr Richardson produced a photograph of the scene, commenting: “A picture tells a thousand words.
“It shows the accused with his trousers round his ankles and his bare bottom.
“Other members of the public driving along Edinburgh Road also saw the accused.”
He added: “They couldn’t see the other person involved but they could see the accused’s exposed bottom making thrusting motions.”
Several people, including a member of staff at the school club, shouted at the accused and the person he was with to stop because there were children nearby, he said.
But the couple paid no attention and carried on.
Mr Richardson said Baird was later traced by police and taken into custody.
He told police during his interview that the whole thing was “a joke”.
Glenn Fraser, defending, said: “It was certainly vulgar but it was a simulated act and he was wearing a thong. I think the court has to look at this from the point of view of the public as to what he was actually doing.”
Baird will be sentenced at a later date.
However, on the day of the offence Baird posted the one word message “sex” on his Facebook page.