A pervert who performed sex acts on himself in his van – in view of young schoolboys – was jailed at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday.
Alan McDonald exposed himself on three separate occasions in February this year – twice in Morar Drive, Paisley, and once in the car park at the Aldi store in the town’s Fulbar Road.
He originally faced a total of 17 charges when he went on trial, including motoring offences and allegations that he had been flashing at teenagers.
McDonald, 32, was eventually convicted of nine separate offences
After he had committed one of the sex offences, a youngster took a picture of his registration number as he recognised the vehicle and knew what McDonald had been doing.
Police later traced the accused, who was arrested and remanded to await trial after appearing from custody.
McDonald, of Dee Drive, Foxbar, Paisley, was convicted of intentionally exposing himself to two 13-year-old schoolboys, in Morar Drive, on February 16, and committing a sex act, in the knowledge that he would be seen, as well as deliberately exposing himself to a 12-year-old child and committing a sex act on the same date, with the intention of being seen.
He was further convicted of intentionally exposing himself to the same youngster at the Aldi car park on February 18.
The motoring offences included twice taking a vehicle away without the consent of its owner and driving while disqualified and without insurance.
When McDonald appeared in court for sentence, he admitted another charge of behaving in a threatening manner while driving on the M8 motorway in August 2013.
That offence involved a confrontation with another driver, during which McDonald behaved in a threatening or abusive manner, likely to cause fear and alarm, by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively.
Defence lawyer Paul Coyle said that, although his client now admitted he had been involved in sexual activity, he denied there was any intention to be seen or that he deliberately targeted children.
Mr Coyle added that his client was fully prepared for imprisonment.
Sentencing McDonald, Sheriff Tom McCartney said that, due to the number of offences, their serious nature and the accused’s previous convictions, a prison term could not be avoided.
He jailed McDonald for a total of 13 months, backdated to February 23, which is when he was first held on remand.
Sheriff McCartney also disqualified him from driving for five years.