Paedophile exposed himself to boys on the Bristol to Bath cycle path
A CONVICTED paedophile who exposed himself to young boys on the Bristol to Bath cycle path has been jailed.
Jeremy Farrow, 43, terrified his victims, who were all young boys aged under ten.
Farrow, who is of no fixed abode, grabbed two youngsters as they picked blackberries and exposed himself.
On another occasion he flashed in toilets beside the cycle track. He was arrested after alarmed witnesses phoned the police and a search was mounted for him.
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The sexual “predator” admitted three charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children aged under 13 and asked for a further five similar offences to be taken in to consideration.
He was jailed for three years at Bristol Crown Court, handed a sexual offences prevention order banning him from unsupervised contact with boys under 16 and from going within 50 metres of an off-road cycle path until further order.
Farrow will also be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely. Neil Treharne, prosecuting, told how the defendant exposed himself on a string of occasions on the Bristol to Bath cycle path.
He first flashed in front of a ten-year-old boy on September 16 this year in a public toilet. He said Farrow exposed himself as the boy left and told him to look.
The defendant was next said to have struck on September 23 when two boys aged six and seven were picking blackberries on the cycle path near Junction Way at Mangotsfield. Mr Treharne said Farrow approached them pushing his bike and exposed himself before grabbing the boys and pretending to show them a grasshopper.
He said the boys managed to run off but 30 minutes later at Siston Common, Farrow was seen lying on a bench showing his private parts in front of boys aged under ten.
A woman saw what happened and phoned the police.
Mr Treharne said officers started a systematic search along the track after receiving several phone calls.
The court heard Farrow was seen speeding away by police down Railway Terrace but then cycled into an officer and was arrested.
Mr Treharne said Farrow was already a registered sex offender and has a previous conviction for gross indecency with a child, a nine-year-old boy he had detained against his will in woods.
Martin Lanchester, defending, said his client offended because he had no sexual contact with anyone and was attacked by adults. He said he knew he had done wrong.
Jailing Farrow, Judge Martin Picton said: “These were really serious offences. You really frightened those boys. It has had a big effect on them. It has damaged their sense of confidence in living their lives.
“Kids should be able to go out on their bikes without worrying that there are predators to terrify them.”