FULL REPORT: Ollerton man convicted of sex act in Clumber Park

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An Ollerton man was caught masturbating by a family who were enjoying a day out in Clumber Park.

Gary Steven Woods (49), of Walesby Lane - who had five previous convictions of indecent exposure in the 1980s - was caught by a man and his three children after they had gone to walk their dog.

Woods appeared in Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was convicted of an act of outraging public decency.

The dad and his 15-year-old daughter - who can not be named for legal reasons - gave evidence during the trial and revealed they were driving out of the park and saw Woods’ van parked up.

He told the court he saw him at the side of the van.

“I saw a man with his trousers down around his thighs,” he said.

“There is no other way to put it, other than he was masturbating.”

The man added Woods’ trousers were ‘wide open’ and had his hand on his penis and was making ‘vigorous’ motions.

He said it was an extremely difficult situation to face when he had a 15-year-old in the car as well as two young children with him.

“We locked eyes but I immediately turned the car so my other children wouldn’t see,” the man told the court.

Woods then got back into his van and remained there - and witness called the police.

During the trial Woods said he went to Clumber Park to ‘chill out’ after work and was urinating - not masturbating - and the movement they saw was him shaking the excess urine from his penis.

But the father said if he had needed to urinate there were plenty of woods he could have used to avoid being seen, but instead faced outwards.

The 15-year-old-girl said: “He had his trousers down to middle of his thighs. His right hand was in a fist position around his genital area. He was facing on to me.”

In convicting him of outraging public decency, district judge Diane Baker said: “You were facing out towards members of the public so people could see you masturbating.

“You deliberately got out of your van to masturbate knowing what you were doing could be seen by members of the public.

“The family were clearly disgusted by what they had seen.

“The father was annoyed and upset that his family had to witness you masturbating.”

Sentencing was adjourned for reports to be prepared. He was given bail and will return back to Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 15th December.