A MAN who exposed himself to a group of teenagers as they stood outside a school has been sent to prison for six months.
Kevin Lambert appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with exposing himself to cause fear or distress.
The 29-year-old denied the charge, which related to an incident at about 7pm on February 10, but was found guilty by a jury.
The court heard that unemployed Lambert had approached a group of teenagers, the youngest of whom was 12, as they sat outside Arundel Court Primary School in Arundel Street, Portsmouth.
One of the group, who is now 15 but was 14 at the time, and cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence to the court and said that she was intimidated by the incident.
She said Lambert had approached the group of three girls and one boy and she thought Lambert had been drinking as he was rapping, singing and stumbling around.
Lambert asked the group for a lighter, then asked them if they knew any cannabis dealers before the conversation turned sexual.
The witness said: ‘Someone laughed and said a comment about it then he started to unbutton his jeans.
‘I was about three metres from it and that’s when I became alarmed and said to the others that we had to leave.’
Lambert’s defence said that one of the girls had asked to see his genitals, which the witness denied.
He added that the girls had said they were older than they were and he only went over due to the group shouting at him.
Lambert admitted touching himself through his trousers, but not outside his trousers.
The witness said: ‘I was really scared.
‘I was only 14 at the time. I was surprised as at first he seemed quite friendly and then I was alarmed and didn’t want to be in the area any more.’
She said Lambert then called his friend and waited for him to arrive, then left.
Lambert told the court that the girls had mistaken him for a Polish teenager who was with the group and who had his two fingers stuck through his trouser fly.
He also said he thought the girls ‘fancied’ him and that he told them he was too old for them.
But Lambert was seen later that same night standing on a street corner in Arundel Street exposing himself by another witness.
The witness, who had seen Lambert in the headlamps of his car, went to a nearby police officer and Lambert was arrested.
Lambert, of no fixed abode, said at that time he was trying to hide two wraps of heroin.
Giving evidence, he said: ‘I didn’t want to get done. I always hide them or you get done by the police.’
A jury found Lambert guilty after a two-day trial.
Judge Claudia Ackner sentenced him to six months in prison.
She said to him: ‘You exposed your penis to a group of girls and a boy aged between 12 and 14.
‘You were well aware of how old they were and not surprisingly they were alarmed by what you had done.’
A visibly annoyed Lambert swore at Judge Ackner before being taken away to custody.