Daylight flasher jailed for exposing himself to teenage girls and women in Hoole


Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

A FLASHER has been jailed after he exposed himself to teenage girls and young women in a bustling Chester suburb.

Daniel James Stennett, 36, admitted four counts of exposure, which happened in broad daylight in Hoole between July 10 and August 23 last year.

One of his victims was just 14 years old and said the defendant smirked as he walked past her with his penis hanging out of his trousers.

In a victim impact statement read out at Chester Crown Court yesterday, the schoolgirl said: “At the time I felt very shocked and scared. I still think about it all the time and it still upsets me.

“I find it especially worrying because it happened so close to where I live.”

Another victim, aged 17, said she had suffered with severe anxiety since her ordeal last summer.

In her statement she said: “What happened was so unexpected and since then I've thought about it a lot. It scares me when I wonder what could have happened if I'd been on my own and what the man's intentions were.”

Gareth Roberts, defending, said Stennett had problems interacting with women and “with the way he copes with sexual urges”.

Stennett, who had previous convictions for indecent assault and exposure stretching back to 1997, was handed a four-month prison sentence and must sign the sexual offenders' register for seven years.

Judge Simon Berkson told him: “All of these offences caused alarm and distress as well as upset for the victims.”

The court heard that the first offence took place on July 10, 2016, when a young woman in her late twenties was walking her dog near the Hoole Lane railway bridge.

She noticed a man wearing sunglasses exposing himself and masturbating while looking at her.

When she turned to walk off he said: “Please don't go, you've got sexy legs.”

The victim then reached for her phone, took photos of the flasher and phoned the police.

A fortnight later, on July 25, a 17-year-old girl was walking near Hoole Road with a friend when she too spotted a man in sunglasses exposing his genitals. 

She grabbed her pal and ran back home to tell their parents.

Then around a month later, on August 23 at around 7pm, two girls aged 14 were walking their dogs when a man walked past them “smirking” and exposing himself. They too ran home to alert their parents.

Later that evening, at around 8.30pm, a man exposed himself to a young woman in her twenties as he spoke on his mobile phone.

Stennett, who was living at St Peter's Square, Ruthin, was later arrested and admitted all charges.

In mitigation, Mr Roberts said the defendant was “deeply ashamed and remorseful for the way he behaved”.

Stennett, who has now moved back to his mother’s address in Fulham Way, Ipswich, Suffolk, was said to be a hard-working man who now accepted he caused his victims profound distress.

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