Man exposed himself at swimming pool

Incident: All Seasons Leisure Centre in Chorley
Incident: All Seasons Leisure Centre in Chorley

A man who exposed himself in the shower area of a leisure centre swimming pool has been handed a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

Paul Carey Harvey, 56, of Bridgewater Drive, Buckshaw Village, near Leyland, was reported following an incident at All Seasons Leisure Centre in Chorley on September 1 last year.

Police said they were called to the scene at around 2pm.

They were alerted by a member of staff at the centre, who said three children had reported that a man had exposed himself in the showers in the changing rooms.

Harvey, who works as a sales director, was questioned by officers. He was later arrested on September 14.

He denied committing the offence at the facility in Water Street and pleaded not guilty at Chorley Magistrates’ Court.

But after a trial he was found guilty of intentionally exposing his genitals “intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm or distress”.

Magistrates handed Harvey a 12-month supervised community order and made a five-year sexual offences prevention order, banning him from attending any public or private swimming pool to which a child under the age of 16 has access.

They said this included a notification requirement, meaning he must register with the police for five years and inform them of all foreign travel, his address, when he is living in a household with a child under the age of 18, and of his bank account and credit card details, passports or other identity documents.

Magistrates also ordered Harvey to pay court costs of £650 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

However, they did not make an order for compensation as they said there was “insufficient information” as to the impact of his offence.