Mark Pittaway coming out of Weymouth Magistrates Court after being sentenced

A JOGGER repeatedly exposed himself to schoolgirls while taking his morning exercise, a court heard.

Serial flasher Mark Pittaway exposed himself to young females, mostly in the morning, while jogging around Portland.

His offending spanned a period of more than three years with one girl telling a court she saw him expose himself ‘around 30 to 40 times’. One victim said she was 13 when she first saw Pittaway expose himself.

Brave victims told how they had been affected with one saying she was ‘disgusted’ by the behaviour.

Pittaway, of Portland Bill Road, Portland, appeared at Weymouth Magistrates Court for sentencing following a trial in which he was found guilty of five counts of exposure.

The 60-year-old had denied the charges which relate to a number of incidents between January 1, 2018, and May 3, 2021.

All charges involved him exposing himself on the isle with intent to be seen and to cause alarm or distress.

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Prosecuting, Elizabeth Valera, said Pittaway would run on Portland exposing himself, particularly to young females on their way to school or waiting at a bus stop.

Statements were taken from four victims. It was said that Pittaway would jog down the street, often on the same side as them, pull his shorts to one side and expose himself.

Pittaway was arrested on May 4 last year. In interview he denied he had ever exposed himself, but did say ‘my shorts are very short’.

Statements from victims were read out in court.

One said: “I have seen the same man since I was 13. It’s a shock to see an adult man (exposing himself) as he is heading towards you.”

Another victim, who read out her own statement, said she couldn’t walk the streets alone in fear that it would happen again.

Another victim, who also read out her own statement, said: “I feel this man is a weirdo and made me feel weird. I’m disgusted by what he has done.”

Mitigating, Gillian Jones QC, said the offences didn’t involve any more direct contact with the girls other than running past them.

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