Prowler exposed himself to women

A teenage prowler who terrorised women by exposing himself to them from outside their homes has been ordered to attend a sex offender treatment programme.

Over a six month period Glynn Marsden committed a series of offences in the Dalton area of Huddersfield but it was only after his DNA was discovered outside one property last September that he finally accepted responsibility for the earlier offences.

Georgina Coade, prosecuting, said the offending began in January when he exposed himself to a woman in a house in Kirkstone Avenue and only ran off after she went outside with a knife and threatened to call the police.

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Over subsequent months he showed his genitals through windows to mothers looking after their children and to women watching television. He exposed himself at patio doors after knocking and on one occasion was seen masturbating on a kitchen roof.

After his arrest he told a probation officer he had done it for the “adrenaline rush”. Gillian Batts representing Marsden said he realised he needed help.

Marsden, 18, of Rydal Drive, Huddersfield, admitted one offence of indecent exposure and asked for 14 other offences to be taken into consideration. He also admitted being in breach of an anti-social behaviour order.

Placing him on a three-year community order with supervision and to attend the sex offender treatment programme Judge Scott Wolstenholme said he believed the public would be best protected in the long run if his behaviour was addressed.

He also imposed a six-month curfew from 9pm to 6am and prohibited him from entering any garden or grounds around a private property without legitimate reason.