Pervert Lee Beal sat in car watching children swim at leisure centre

A pervert spent 40 minutes watching children swimming at a leisure centre, a court heard.

Lee Simon Beal, 42, parked his car facing the large window of the SelbyLeisure Centre’s swimming pool during half term, said Andrea Parnham, prosecuting.

When the centre manager went to investigate why he had been sitting there for 40 minutes, Beal covered his lap with a cloth, she added.

Beal, 42, also had 73 female contacts on a Facebook profile he set up under a false name and had not told police about two mobile phones.

York Crown Court heard he was on the sex offenders’ register and subject to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) following his 2017 conviction for outraging public decency by performing a sexual act while sitting in a car in a children’s play area.

“The activity you were carrying out and your attitude to the (SHPO) order at that stage is sufficiently concerning that the custodial threshold has been passed in this case,” said Judge Andrew Stubbs QC.

But he suspended the 20-month prison sentence for two years.

The judge also ordered Beal to do 20 days’ rehabilitative activities and 140 hours’ unpaid work. He extended Beal’s time on the sex offenders’ register until April 2029.

The SHPO remains in force.

Beal, of Ebor Court, Selby, pleaded guilty to breaching the SHPO by loitering in an area frequented by children on February 16, 2018, at Selby Leisure Centre, breaching the SHPO by secretly buying a mobile phone on February 1, 2018, and breaching the sex offenders’ register by not telling police about another phone found on September 12, 2018, which he used to set up the Facebook profile.

Update: Not jailed – Made subject to a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order

September 2017

Pervert confronted after being caught masturbating while filming kids playing

A pervert who masturbated himself while filming children playing had 70 clips of kids recorded on his mobile phone.

Tensions were high at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court as Lee Simon Beal stood trial over the incident next to a children’s play area in Deighton.

District Judge Michael Fanning found him guilty of outraging public decency and said he was concerned by his fixation on young children.

He was forced to warn members of the public to behave due to their frequent outbusts throughout the proceedings.

Judge Fanning indicated he would be making a formal complaint to police after one of the witnesses, Shane Shaw, hurled abuse at him and made threats towards Beal upon his release from prison.

He said: “I’m not having anybody rant in a public courtroom.

“He’s threatened to harm the defendant and his words were, ‘watch when he gets out’.

“Clearly he hasn’t listened to a word I’ve said.”

The large quantity of films on the 40-year-old’s phone were discovered following his arrest at the scene in Riddings Road.

Footage shared on social media showed him being confronted by a group of angry residents after he was witnessed masturbating inside the silver Volkswagen Golf just feet away from a playground where children aged 10 and under were playing.

The Huddersfield court heard that Beal, who works as a carer, was called a ‘nonce’ and ‘paedophile’ as he was dragged from the car to await the arrival of police.

Richard Blackburn, prosecuting, said that the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 12.

He said: “The defendant was parked up in his vehicle across the road from a children’s play area.

“The vehicle attracted the attention of a couple of residents and several of them approached the defendant.

“The defendant, whilst in the vehicle, is seen to be filming the children.

“He had a hoodie across his lap with his hand moving up and down.

“One witness sees flesh and the other sees his genitals.

“He was masturbating while filming the children.

“A witness removed his keys from the vehicle and his phone, police were called and he was arrested.”

The trial heard evidence from three local men who confronted Beal over his behaviour.

Shane Shaw told how he rode his bike over to the vehicle and saw ‘scruffy and tramp like’ Beal with one hand on the steering wheel and another hand moving under clothing.

He noticed the mobile phone stuck onto the windscreen with Blu Tack in front of Beal and it was recording.

Mr Shaw said that he reached in through the open window and grabbed the phone, discovering that Beal had been filiming the children when he played the footage back.

Beal claimed that he had parked up to charge his mobile phone and wait for a work colleague while he filled out an application form.

He denied touching himself and said he didn’t realise that the phone was filming the children.

When quizzed about the rest of the footage found on his phone, he claimed that most of these were of his own and relatives’ children.

He claimed that he was attacked and branded a ‘nonce’ and a ‘paedophile’ as he was dragged from the car and asaulted but police have not pursued these allegations.

Judge Fanning told Beal, of Lilac Court in Deighton, that he didn’t believe his account.

He told him: “You deliberately parked your car in the street and placed your camera where you were able to video children at play, I’m satisfied that you were masturbating.”

Beal had been on remand for 53 days awaiting his trial but Judge Fanning said that he didn’t believe a further custodial sentence would help protect the public from him.He said: “You’re fixated on young children and that needs to be addressed and it will not be addressed in prison.

“I do not want you back on the street without any risk assessment – you concern me.”

Judge Fanning ordered a full report and remanded Beal into custody ahead of his sentencing on September 26.