Nurse’s lewd act near primary school

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AN auxiliary nurse was caught exposing himself just yards from a Wigan primary school, a court heard.

Damian Devlin was spotted sitting in the driver’s seat of his car opposite the entrance to the school by a woman walking by.

She glanced inside the vehicle and realised with horror that he was performing a lewd act, said Peter Barr, prosecuting.

“She was shocked and shouted you ‘dirty, filthy, disgusting git’. He turned towards her and continued with his behaviour and she was very shocked.”

Devlin drove off but the woman was able to note down the registration number of his vehicle and told the police.

“She felt scared, her knees were weak and she was disguised particularly because of the vicinity of the school,” Mr Barr added.

The offence took place in Standishgate, Wigan, by St Mary’s Primary School at 2.55pm on May 8 this year.

When arrested and interviewed 46-year-old Devlin denied the offence and claimed that he had had to undo his trousers as he was having problems with his diabetic pump.

However, when later questioned about the allegation by his employers he made a full admission.

Sentencing Devlin, who has no previous convictions, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said that because of the time and location it was inevitable there would be people and possibly children about.

He told Devlin: “Whether that was your motivation or not is difficult to understand.”

He said that such offences are sometimes the precursor for more serious sexual offending but added: “I hope it was a one off, never to be repeated.”

He made a three year supervision order with attendance on the stringent Northumbria sex offenders rehabilitation course and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Devlin, of Atholl Grove, Hawkley Hall, Wigan, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to exposure.

Duncan Phillips, defending, said that Devlin, a father-of-two, had put his family through tremendous trauma.

He said: “It has had a devastating impact on him. He understands his actions have had an effect on other people who put their trust in him and he has let them down.”

Devlin, who has never been in trouble before and is now seeing a counsellor over sexual issues, has lost his job and has attempted suicide.

“Whatever the decision of the court he has punished himself greatly for his actions,” said Mr Phillips.