A Barnham man has been sentenced to a community order for indecent behaviour towards women at an Aldingbourne stables.
Ian Bazley, 63, a sales representative, of Dial Close, Barnham, was sentenced at Worthing Magistrates Court on 15 May, having been convicted at a previous hearing of three counts of indecent exposure, and one count of common assault, all during 2017 and 2018 at Park Farm Stables in Aldingbourne.
He had pleaded guilty to the first three offences and was found guilty of the fourth.
Bazley will have to undertake 280 hours of community work, will also be a registered sex offender for five years, will pay court costs, and total compensation of £500 to be equally divided between the three victims.
PC Robynn Gordon of Chichester Investigations said: "This outcome is a victory for Bazley's victims who have been very brave in coming forward and supporting our investigation into this completely unacceptable behaviour towards them.
"He preyed on females and other vulnerable members of the public over a prolonged period of time, in an environment that should have been a peaceful haven for them, causing great distress."
The court heard that Bazley, who kept horses at the stables, indecently exposed himself and behaved indecently over a period of time, in the yard and adjacent fields, in the presence of three women who also kept horses there.
On one occasion he also grabbed at one of the women round the waist whilst speaking to her unpleasantly, resulting the common assault charge. She was shocked and upset but did not sustain any injury.
Initially some of the witnesses were unsure of what they had seen or whether there was any intent to offend, but eventually it became clear that Bazley was deliberately intending to offend and upset them. He had no concern as to whether he was seen.
Newsdesk Guidance; A police photo of Bazley is not being released as he did not receive an immediate custodial sentence.
Author: Tim Mahony