April 2011

Flasher punched policeman after being arrested for exposing himself to children

A flasher said he couldn’t remember exposing himself to two young girls because he had been drinking.

Matthew Fisher, 38, approached the children as they played on the street. After being arrested, he punched a policeman in a custody suite. Tameside magistrates heard how jobless Fisher had been drinking wine and had left his Dukinfield home on Feb 20 to buy more booze. He claimed he had stopped to urinate in the street and had forgotten to properly fasten his trousers.

The children ran away and told their parents what had happened. Fisher was arrested by police, who found him carrying toilet roll and a torch. Mary Marsland, prosecuting, said: “The girls were on the pavement and they said he was half on the road and half on the pavement. “He took hold of the waistband of his trousers using both hands and pushed his pants and underwear down below his knees.”

Following his arrest, Fisher punched a policeman in the jaw while being processed at Ashton under Lyne police station. The court also heard that the defendant had previously been prosecuted for two similar exposures in 1999.

Fisher, of Hope Street, admitted one charge of exposure and a charge of assaulting a police officer and was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for the next seven years and given an 18-week curfew banning him from leaving the house at night.

Chelsea Thomas, defending, said Fisher had mental health problems and had stopped taking his medication for several months before he was arrested. She said he had been having relationship problems and was out of work. She said: “It is clear that he had had quite a lot to drink and it was clear that the medication hadn’t had an impact by that point.

“It’s clear from the interview that he accepts he was wandering around for quite a long time but he can’t remember pulling his trousers down. But due to the description of the man and the fact that he has two previous convictions, he has decided that he needed to enter a guilty plea.” Sentencing Fisher, Stephen Guest, chair of the bench, said the fact that victims were children made the exposure more serious.