Pervert performed sex act in front of children in Hartlepool McDonald’s

James Scott leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court during an earlier hearing
James Scott leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court during an earlier hearing

A PERVERT committed a sex act for half an hour in full view of fast food diners including schoolchildren.

James Scott, 34, was caught on CCTV carrying out a sex act on himself in front of customers in McDonald’s, on Marina Way, Hartlepool.

Scott, who claimed to be suffering from depression at the time, committed the shocking act on November 7 last year when schoolchildren were in the restaurant.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to outraging public decency when he appeared in front of a judge at Teesside Crown Court.

He walked free after he was given a three-year community order when he will work with probation officials to address his issues.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said: “There were people within McDonald’s. One described themselves as a student who saw him appearing to be committing a sex act on himself.

“His actions made it clear what he was doing. Women and children and students were present.

“The incident was captured on CCTV.”

The court heard Scott did not buy anything when he walked into the outlet and found himself a seat looking out onto the main floor.

He had his hands down the front of his trousers, prompting staff to raise concerns by calling the police.

Scott had been carrying out the sex act for half an hour, the court was told.

Scott’s barrister told the court that the former construction worker was on anti-depressants at the time and had suffered with mental health issues.

Scott, of High Street East, Sunderland, was made the subject of a three-year community order with the same length of probation supervision.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, said it had been “a prolonged act”.