July 2015

Plymouth ‘birthday sex’ flasher gets seven years on the register


A MAN who denied exposing himself to two young girls, claiming he’d already enjoyed ‘birthday sex’ with his wife has been put on the Sex Offenders Register for his next seven birthdays.

Anthony Dannon, aged 27, was found guilty of indecent exposure following a trial at Plymouth Crown Court which saw him claim that as he had engaged in marital relations with his wife as a birthday treat, he would not have propositioned the girls, aged 14 and 16, at a bus stop.

He had told the court: “You only need it once”.

The jury heard that Dannon had been drinking all day before the incident at the bus stop outside the Ivor Dewdney shop in Wolseley Road on March 30 last year.

Prosecutor Sarah Vince said Dannon approached the girls, requested a cigarette and then asked their ages.

Dannon, of Wolseley Road, claimed he was 17, said they were beautiful and asked to kiss them.

He then asked the 16-year-old for sex and exposed his genitals before following them and asking to have sex with them both.

In mitigation, Piers Norsworthy said his client’s wife worked, but Dannon was still actively seeking work, having completed a number of return-to-work courses.

A pre-sentence report by the Probation service noted how Dannon was “extremely, hugely” under the influence at the time and his training courses included “customer service and forklift driving”.

Judge Simon Carr told Dannon it was an “unpleasant incident” brought about by him drinking “far too much”.

He said was sceptical about Dannon’s inability to remember the matter and that he was “not man enough to face up to what you did”. He said Dannon knew “full well” the girls were underage before “engaging in sexual banter which initially was amusing but became more concerning”, compounded by exposing himself and following the girls.

However, Judge Carr accepted it was more a case of “drunken stupidity than anything else”.

He ordered Dannon to complete 180 hours unpaid work over the next 12 months, be in an electronic curfew between 7pm and 7am for the next three months, pay a victim surcharge of £60 and remain on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years