Saturday, 8 November 2008

Naked 'screw': No danger to public...

A SHERIFF yesterday said that he could find no significant sexual element in the behaviour of a prison officer who was found “parading naked” on a Fife beach.
Although items including duct tape, condoms, a vibrator and body lotion were found in the man’s camper van, Sheriff George Evans said that he could not find with any certainty that there was a risk on the day of the offence, and he did not place the man on the sex offenders register.
In the dock was Peter Brogan (56), who was appearing for sentence after previously admitting that at Dumbarnie Links, Upper Largo, he conducted himself in a disorderly manner, paraded naked on the beach, and committed a breach of the peace.
The court had previously been told that police officers using a telescopic lens had spotted the accused, and he had walked for about 150 yards then put his shorts on when he became aware of a policeman approaching.

His solicitor stated that there had been fairly glowing testimonies from people who worked with the accused, and media attention from the case had caused difficulties in his employment.
Sheriff Evans said that what the police had come across in the camper van could be said to be highly suspicious.

He fined Brogan £400 but said he would not place him on the sex offenders’ register.

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