March 2021

Leeds serial flasher performed sex act while staring at schoolgirls at bus stop

A serial flasher with 28 previous convictions for 76 offences masturbated as he stared at two schoolgirls at a bus stop in Leeds.

Paul Holdsworth waited until the victims, aged 13 and 14, were alone before exposing his penis

The 61-year-old paedophile, of Cemetery Road, Pudsey was jailed for six months today (Monday) after pleading guilty to one count of exposure.

The two victims and two others were waiting for a bus in a bus shelter on Austhorpe Road in Crossgates at about 7pm on July 4, 2019.

Leeds Crown Court, sitting as Leeds Magistrates Court, heard Holdsworth was standing at the back of the shelter ‘acting strangely’.

He was wearing sunglasses, but the girls felt like he was starting at them so one of the girls took a photograph of him.

The bus arrived and the two other people waiting boarded it, leaving the victims alone at the bus stop

Holdsworth disappeared then reappeared again next to a low wall. He exposed his penis and began masturbating.

He then retreated behind a nearby higher wall before reappearing and starting to masturbate again.

Holdsworth repeated this process around four times before walking off.

He was identified through social media and arrested.

The defendant made no comment in his police interview.

Holdsworth has 28 previous convictions for 76 offences, most of which are for sexual offences including exposure and indecency with a child.

Judge Simon Batiste said the case should not have been committed to Leeds Crown Court and sat as a magistrate to sentence.

Holdsworth was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for seven years and made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, banning him from having unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 16.

March 2016

Serial sex offender jailed

A convicted sex offender who committed a string of offences during one day in Leeds has been jailed for 18 months.

Paul Holdsworth, 56, sexually assaulted a mother as she walked past him with her young daughter on a street in Seacroft on August 14, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor, Andrew Haslam said Holdsworth then looped a belt on the girl’s head and around her neck, causing her to “jerk back and stop.”

The court heard the girl’s mother removed the belt from around her daughter’s neck and walked away from Holdsworth.

Mr Haslam said when the woman looked back at Holdsworth as she walked away he appeared to be taking his trousers down.

The court heard later that day Holdsworth, of Gilstead House, Kingsdale Court, Seacroft, punched a man in the face in Seacroft in an unprovoked attack.

Mr Haslam said Holdsworth indecently exposed himself to a mother, her partner and three children on a street in Seacroft later on August 14.

The court heard Holdsworth, who has 24 previous convictions for 60 offences including six indecent exposures and one offence of gross indecency with a child, committed the August 14 offences while on bail

Mr Haslam said police had searched a drunken Holdsworth after arresting him at Tesco in Seacroft on August 6.

The court heard Holdsworth was in possession of a nunchuck martial arts weapon.A second nunchuck along with a knife were found in his friend’s car.

Mr Haslam said: “He told officers he thought the weapons looked cool.”

Holdsworth admitted possessing three offensive weapons, sexually assaulting the mother of the girl, assaulting the girl, assaulting the man he punched, and indecently exposing himself to the family.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC jailed Holdsworth for 18 months and ordered his name be placed on the sex offender register for 10 years.