Homeless flasher targeted woman with dog ‘because he’d not had sex in 10 years’

A serial flasher who attacked a woman walking her dog told a court he did it because he hadn't had sex for 10 years.

Michael Sales, 44, cornered the woman as she walked along the road with her canine and forced himself on her in a terrifying confrontation which left her 'scared and vulnerable'.

Sales told Hull Crown Court that his actions were due to not having an "intimate partner" for over a decade and because of "sexual frustration combined with self-gratification".

Andrew Semple, prosecuting, said the sexual assault happened when he approached the woman in Hall Road, Hull, and asked her for a cigarette, which she gave him, HullLive reports.

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Sales reportedly pretended to be interested in her dog but pressed against her, trapping her against a wall she was sitting on.

"She was becoming distressed, she was trying to lean back away from him," Semple said.

He leaned forward, touching her shoulders, as she shouted: "Get the f*** off me."

Sales walked slowly away but continued to turn around and make sexual gestures with his tongue.

"It was clear that this was sexually motivated," added Mr Semple.

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The woman later said: "This incident has personally affected me physically and mentally.

"Dog walking is my freedom and it feels like someone has invaded my personal space. This person did not have the right to make me feel scared and vulnerable."

Sales was found the next day as he slept outside in a local park and was swiftly arrested.

He admitted sexual assault on June 12 and failing to register as a sex offender on May 11.

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The court heard that the suspect was homeless but was still required to tell the police his whereabouts as a convicted sex offender.

Sales had previously been jailed for 26 weeks in December 2018 for committing a sex act in public.

The suspect had been ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years – which meant he had to report to the police station every seven days.

He did register at first but then stopped doing so and was arrested in the Leeds area.

Steven Garth, mitigating, said the sexual assault was impulsive and short-lived.

"The unfortunate female victim was clearly very frightened but, apart from the emotional turmoil caused by the defendant, it seems no real harm resulted," said Steven Garth, mitigating.

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"This may well have been down to sexual frustration combined with self-gratification.

"He is a rather vulnerable and inadequate individual. He is a single man and has had no intimate partner for 10 years. He has been hoping that some hostel accommodation might be found for him but, at the moment, no hostel accommodation has been found."

Sales was jailed for 50 weeks and will have to register as a sex offender for seven years.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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