Perverted OAP was near ponies despite ban

David Chamberlin

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A PERVERTED pensioner has been spared jail after breaching a court order banning him from contact with horses and young people.

David Chamberlin, 72, was banned from approaching tethered animals or having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 after he admitted a sex act with a horse.

But he went on to breach the sexual offences prevention order after he was seen with ponies six times in May last year.

Chamberlin was also found guilty of another breach of the order after he told a probation officer that a prostitute took her young child to his house.

The pensioner, who has a string of sex offences on his record, was given a suspended prison sentence for the breaches at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

A psychiatric report found no evidence of any mental illness, but the judge said she was concerned about his bizarre behaviour and ordered him to complete a sex offender’s treatment programme.

District Judge Kathryn Harrison said: “I’ve got to say I find it extraodinarily strange behaviour.

“The strange and disturbing feature in Mr Chamberlin is that there is a history of sexual offences scattered through his record, but there are gaps of many years between them.

“On the other side of the coin I also get a pricture from the psychiatrist’s report of a very isolated gentleman who has resorted to using prostitutes and doesn’t seem to have any family or friend that supports him.”

Chamberlin was given a 24-month community order after he admitted outraging public decency in December 2009 after he was seen committing a sex act with a horse in a Billingham field.

John Dobson, mitigating, said Chamberlin had no direct contact with the child brought to his house by the prostitute, but he was convicted after a trial earlier this month.

He added: “The psychiatrist does believe some involvement with the sex offenders’ treatment programme would be beneficial to him.”

The court heard previous offences on his record include indecent exposure in 1970, two convictions for indecent assault on a girl, gross indecency on a boy and indecent assault on a boy.

Chamberlin, formerly of Brendon Crescent, Billingham, but now of Hartington Road, Stockton, faces 12-weeks in prison he commits any further offences in the next two years.

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs.

District Judge Harrison added: “The idea behind the programme is to divert you away from sexual practices that are not acceptable in normal society.”