Man is jailed for lewd acts

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A MAN has been jailed and put on the sex offenders’ register for a decade after admitting committing lewd acts.

David Gillan admitted 15 offences of sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The 49-year-old, of Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery, was jailed for two years as Durham Crown Court heard a sentence of that period was required to allow work to be carried out in prison to address his issues.

Prosecutor Ann Richardson said Gillan had previously been warned about lewd behaviour by police, after neighbours saw him carry out a sex act in his front room while living at another address in the village.

As well as the application to put him on the sex offenders’ register, Ms Richardson asked for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Stephen Constantine, mitigating, said he could not argue against the conditions set out.

He added: “There is an acceptance he has expressed, a relief it has been brought to an end and had to stop.

“It is really important in the sense to be feeling guilty because that is in the foundation and building block in preventing repetition.”

Recorder Graeme Hyland said: “Your behaviour, you now recognise, was grossly offensive and totally inappropriate.”