Bay man 'caught pleasuring himself' in a car

A 40-YEAR-old man has blamed an uncomfortable medical condition after he was caught "masturbating in his car", a Hervey Bay court has heard.

Andrew Michael Barton from Kawungan pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to one charge of wilful exposure, as a result of an incident in February.

Police Prosecutor Donna Sperling said at 6am on February 10, a woman walked past Barton's car and saw him sitting in the driver's seat pleasuring himself.

"The defendant was the sole occupant of a vehicle that was parked in Elizabeth St [in Urangan]," Snr Const Sperling said.

"The informant has observed the defendant masturbating in plain view."

The court heard the woman spoke to Barton, whose erect penis was exposed at the time.

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Snr Const Sperling said the informant noted Barton's number plates and the police were informed.

Representing himself in court, Barton said he was in discomfort due to a medical condition at the time of the offence, and was waiting to receive treatment.

"I had a really bad rash, I was in turmoil, it wasn't my intention to go about what I did," Barton said.

"I was looking after this matter when the lady confronted me.

"I apologised profusely."

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge said he took into consideration Barton's early plea and lack of a criminal history.

Barton was fined $100 and ordered to pay a $114 offender levy.

No conviction was recorded.



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