Ex-Leicestershire golf pro guilty of flashing is ordered to seek help
A former professional golf assistant has been ordered to get help to stop him flashing at teenage girls from his car.
Alexander Cooper, 30, was put on the sex offenders' register for five years and barred from being alone with girls under 18.
He had denied eight indecent exposure charges, committed in East Goscote, Quorn, Mountsorrel and Loughborough, between January and August last year, but was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court in August.
Cooper, who worked at Melton Mowbray Golf Club at the time, smiled at some of the young women while behaving lewdly.
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They were either walking or jogging along the roadsides when they encountered him in a red Hyundai car.
Sentencing him at Derby Crown Court on Friday, Judge Michael Fowler told him:"You engaged in a campaign of exposure.
"The offences did not involve physical contact with the victims but involved exposure, obscene gesturing and on the last occasion verbal contact – asking whether they wanted to engage in sexual activity.
"That is a worrying and dangerous situation."
A three-year sexual offences prevention order was imposed on Cooper, formerly of Leopold Street, Loughborough.
This bans him from contact with girls aged under 18 unless their parents are present.
He was put on probation for three years and must attend a community sex offenders' group work programme.
The judge warned Cooper that he risked custody if he breached the order and said the victims suffered distress.
He said:"Fortunately, there is no evidence of psychological harm in those you exposed yourself to, but exposure runs the risk – a substantial risk – of women being psychologically damaged, particularly young women.
"There is no suggestion you abused your position as a golf professional or that this behaviour impinged on that work at all.
"I am told you persist in your denials. I only hope this will not hinder you in getting the appropriate help you require to try and ensure episodes such as these don't occur in the future."
Heidi Kubik, defending, said Cooper had never been in trouble before and told the judge:"As a result of his conviction, he has lost a great deal, his good name and reputation."
He had lost his job as a golf professional, is currently unemployed and had been on a curfew for more than a year.