Sex offender spared jail

A 23-YEAR-old man is to undergo sex offender treatment after stopping two 10-year-old girls in a park and asking them what colour underwear they were wearing.

A 23-YEAR-old man is to undergo sex offender treatment after stopping two 10-year-old girls in a park and asking them what colour underwear they were wearing.

Richard Stean, of Melton, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour and a separate charge of possession of cannabis, but was spared a prison sentence.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard how Stean approached the two girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at a recreation park in Woodbridge on March 24.

He asked the girls what colour underwear they were wearing before asking where the nearest public toilets were because he was desperate to carry out an indecent sexual act.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, said: "It is a concerning course of behaviour. He poses a risk to the public and has indicated that he feels certain urges."

Stean, who is unemployed, was fined £30 for the possession of cannabis and made to pay £43 court costs at Tuesday's court hearing.

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The drugs were ordered to be destroyed.

On the charge of using threatening behaviour he was sentenced to a three-year community rehabilitation order.

Anne Walker, presiding magistrate, said: "This will mean that you must stay out of trouble and carry out any instructions made as part of your order. You must enter into the sex offender treatment order for three years."

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