Two young girls who reported the “weird” suggestions of a swimmer at St James’s pool in Lynn were commended by the judge and awarded £100 each.
The actions of the girls, aged 11 and 12, last January, landed Christopher Poulter, 26, of Cowfold, West Sussex, in the dock at Norwich Crown Court where on Friday he was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
He had pleaded guilty earlier to two offences of committing an act outraging public decency.
As she made the awards to the girls after sentencing, Recorder Maureen Baker said that their quick-thinking was commendable.
“They did what they were told by their parents and stuck together and their prompt reporting has potentially reduced the risk to other children,” she said.
Poulter received a suspended sentence after the court was told that a psychologist’s report had diagnosed him as being on the autistic spectrum.
The recorder said that the girls were left “nervous, scared and self-conscious and still affected”.
An impact statement from one of the girls, said she now suffered from nightmares.
Prosecutor John Morgans said the girls became aware that Poulter was staring at them. When asked why, he had replied “ Because you look gorgeous and you look around my age”. After swimming off he came back and said: “This might sound weird and embarrassing but I will give you £15 to let me drink your urine.”
One girl said “ That’s sick”. Both were upset and told pool staff who called in the police.
Mitigating Sarah Taite said that Poulter was seeking help. She said: “He is never going to put himself and others in that position again. He had not thought the matter through at all. He has been able to reflect deeply on the circumstances .”
In addition to the suspended sentence, Poulter was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for five years, restricting any unsupervised contact with a child under 16 unless with the consent of parent or guardian.