Jogger 'grinned' as he flashed women while wearing ladies' pants
A JOGGER who exposed himself while running in women's knickers has been convicted of indecent exposure after a three-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Ashley John Shaw, 41, of Heage Road, Ripley, exposed himself to women – and on two occasions to children – while jogging near his home wearing black women's underwear last May.
The court was told Shaw deliberately wore clothing that he knew was likely to cause alarm and distress – although he insisted that the tight black Tesco-brand knickers he wore were suitable for cycling and jogging.
After the jury found Shaw guilty of five counts of indecent exposure, Judge Andrew Hamilton said: "You have been convicted on what seems to me overwhelming evidence. How anyone could imagine you could ride a bicycle in those shorts, or women's knickers."
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Shaw had denied the charges, saying it must have been "a case of mistaken identity".
But prosecutor Sarah Munro told the jury Shaw's defence "fell flat" as it was too unlikely there could be two men running around Ripley in the same black knickers and running top.
The court heard on three occasions he actively pulled them up to expose himself while smiling at his victims as he did so.
Shaw is due to be sentenced on April 26 and has been bailed on the condition he signs the sex offenders' register, does not go out jogging and sleeps every night at his Ripley home.
In one of his four police interviews he said: "They may have seen somebody, but it's not me they've seen."
Shaw was caught shortly after a woman confronted him in Crossley Park on May 11.
She called 999 and, minutes later, plain-clothed police officers arrested him wearing the knickers and the distinctive running top witnesses reported him to be wearing.
Sergeant Andy Phillips, who arrested Shaw, said he was pleased with the guilty verdict. He said: "There is a danger that this type of offence can be trivialised.
"Since his arrest there have been no further incidents."