A pervert from Mansfield Woodhouse who exposed himself to a minibus full of teenage girls while driving on the motorway has been jailed.
Dad Nicholas Ketteridge (45) exposed himself to the nine girls, who were aged between 17 and 19-years-old, and two adult teachers on 21st October last year.
The court heard that Ketteridge, of Priory Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, was driving erratically along the M1 motorway near Sheffield, at around 9am – slowing down so that the minibus had to overtake, before speeding up and overtaking the bus.
This continued for around ten minutes, until eventually Ketteridge pulled his black jeep up alongside the vehicle and was seen by four pupils masturbating, the court heard.
Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court on Monday that one of the teachers recorded his number plate and he was caught by police and charged with the offence.
But three days after appearing in court over the first offence on April 4 this year Ketteridge committed a similar crime on the A1 road near Huntingdon, Cambs.
Ketteridge committed both crimes whilst at work, as his job – which was not mentioned in court – involves him driving regularly.
Jailing him for nine months, Judge Peter Kelson QC said Ketteridge had committed “two very serious examples of offences of exposure”.
“Driving on a motorway, let alone the A1, whilst masturbating cannot be regarded as anything other than extremely unsafe behaviour,” he said.
The second crime was committed at 3pm and the court heard that Ketteridge this time targeted three girls, between the age of 13 and 16-years-old.
The court was told that the three girls had just enjoyed a McDonalds meal together and were walking over a flyover bridge when Ketteridge spotted them.
Judge Kelson said: “All was well and they were waving at motorists who we’re tooting their horns in acknowledgement. All good innocent fun.
“Then you came along, saw them, drove past them some four times and you masturbated again while driving your vehicle.”
The court was told that approximately 15-20 minutes later, Ketteridge drove back to the service station where he had exposed himself to the girls – and did exactly the same thing again.
Reading a victim impact statement from one of the 13-year-old victims, Mr Coxon said: “After the incident I felt upset and shocked.
“I felt disgusted by what I had witnessed. For the first couple of night after the incident I would wake up in the night feeling scared.”
The court heard that Ketteridge is married and has young children of his own.
He also had a previous conviction for indecent exposure.
Speaking of the impact the crime had on his victims, Judge Kelson said: “A matter which also troubled the young people was not only what you were doing,
but also that you were not paying attention to the road.
“One of the pupils said the image has been ingrained on her mind. Another described herself as shocked and extremely concerned that you would crash your vehicle on the motorway.”
Ketteridge had initially denied flashing to the minibus of school girls – saying that he needed to urinate regularly because of Type Two diabetes and had
been doing so into a bottle at the time.
This was rejected by police and he admitted the offence before his trial was due to start.
Ketteridge pleaded guilty to the second crime at the first available opportunity.
Ketteridge was jailed for five months for the offence. He was jailed for four months for the offence committed in Huntingdon. The offences were ordered to
Judge Kelson also banned Ketteridge from driving for 12 months.