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Man who exposed himself to girls blamed "wardrobe malfunction"

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Stuart Abel

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A MAN who exposed himself to two schoolgirls at a bus stop told police he had suffered a “wardrobe malfunction”, a court heard.

But Robert Sanchez, aged 35, later accepted he had deliberately shown his genitals to the 13 and 14-year-old outside Drake Circus, Plymouth magistrates were told.

Sanchez, of Cromwell Road, St Judes, admitted indecent exposure on June 22.

Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the girls were waiting for a bus in Charles Street at about 4.45pm when they noticed Sanchez.

He added he had his trousers down and the top of his boxer shorts rolled down.

Mr Warden said the teenagers believed Sanchez was filming them because he was holding his mobile phone up in their direction.

He added the girls went into Primark but when they returned Sanchez was still stood there.

The court heard the teenagers called over a passing police community support officer but Sanchez managed to slip away.

Mr Warden said police seized CCTV of the suspect and released it to The Herald.

He added an anonymous caller named Sanchez and a few days later he surrendered himself to police.

Mr Warden said he told officers his zip had been broken on his trousers and denied his boxer shorts had been pulled down.

He added: “He said it was more of a wardrobe malfunction.”

Will Willden, for Sanchez, said he later tried to arrange a second interview to “clarify what he was saying” – which would amount to accepting guilt.

He handed in a letter from a psychotherapist whom Sanchez was seeing.

Mr Willden said police examined all his computers and cameras and found no images of the two schoolgirls.

Magistrates handed him a two-year community order under probation order, with an intensive sex offender treatment programme. He must also pay £60 victim surcharge.

Sanchez must also sign the sex offender register for five years.