Southwick, Hove and Portslade flasher behind bars

BEHIND BARS: Spencer Pledge

BEHIND BARS: Spencer Pledge

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A flasher who targeted women and young girls has been jailed for a string of sex offences.

Spencer Pledge drove slowly around in his car while pleasuring himself in front of horrified onlookers.

He also flashed at females in Southwick, Hove and Portslade.

Now the 36-year-old of Chalky Road, Portslade, had been jailed for 34 months after admitting a string of sex offences at Lewes Crown Court.

He admitted four offences of sexual activity in the presence of ten, 11 and 12-year-old girls in Kingston Broadway, Shoreham, Downlands Avenue, Southwick, Stoney Lane, Portslade, and Egmont Road, Hove, between June 2010 and May last year He pleaded guilty to making and having indecent photographs of children.

He was also convicted of outraging public decency in the presence of three ten-year-olds and two women.

The court was told when detectives and computer specialists seized and examined his computers they found videos Pledge had made of himself carrying out some of the acts, with some girls in the background.

'Offensive and distressing'

Detective Constable Lindsey Van-Buiten said: “Pledge had acted in a most offensive and distressing way towards these young girls.

“Some didn’t know quite how to report it at the time, but they and their families have given their full co-operation to this inquiry.

“Pledge’s offending was made even worse by his videoing of some of his acts, and also by, separately, downloading indecent images of children from the internet, all for his own gratification.

“There is no evidence that he physically assaulted any children, but we are relieved that his offending has been brought to a close.”

Pledge was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and he was made the subject of a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order designed to prevent him having any access to children.

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1:06pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Number Six says...

In this weather?
In this weather? Number Six
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2:20pm Tue 5 Feb 13

lillylou says...

rot you scum !!!
rot you scum !!! lillylou
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4:33pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Nobleox says...

lillylou wrote:
rot you scum !!!
....whilst I do not condone the perverted antics of this sad weak person whom felt the need to act out "alone" his sexual desires on the public stage - I just the same do not believe prison is the place for people suffering the sort of illness he obviously is. I believe like the seemingly evil lillylou, he needs psychiatric treatment.
[quote][p][bold]lillylou[/bold] wrote: rot you scum !!![/p][/quote]....whilst I do not condone the perverted antics of this sad weak person whom felt the need to act out "alone" his sexual desires on the public stage - I just the same do not believe prison is the place for people suffering the sort of illness he obviously is. I believe like the seemingly evil lillylou, he needs psychiatric treatment. Nobleox
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5:40pm Tue 5 Feb 13

TreasureIsland says...

lillylou this person should not be in prison and he is not scum and could you not spare a thought for his family, (parents,brothers etc) they are very nice kind people
lillylou this person should not be in prison and he is not scum and could you not spare a thought for his family, (parents,brothers etc) they are very nice kind people TreasureIsland
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7:02pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Spx says...

Pick up the soap Spencer!
Pick up the soap Spencer! Spx
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10:14pm Tue 5 Feb 13

oldbonnet says...

Well said Nobleox and TreasureIsland.
imnotpc- Who are you to call people obviously disgusting perverts, do you know them?
Well said Nobleox and TreasureIsland. imnotpc- Who are you to call people obviously disgusting perverts, do you know them? oldbonnet
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10:28pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Oooh err says...

I seem to recall that the administration of justice should mean three things, punishment. deterrant and rehabilitation.
I think therefore that those who say he should not be in prison are wrong because the prison is the punishment. Deterrant is difficult as it is hard to reason with a person who is mentally ill although a prison sentance might deter some. Whilst in prison he should get whatever medical help he needs to enable his rehabilitation into society on his release.
As for his family and friends, they are not the concern of the justice system which already places far to much emphasis on the perpetrator for my liking.
I seem to recall that the administration of justice should mean three things, punishment. deterrant and rehabilitation. I think therefore that those who say he should not be in prison are wrong because the prison is the punishment. Deterrant is difficult as it is hard to reason with a person who is mentally ill although a prison sentance might deter some. Whilst in prison he should get whatever medical help he needs to enable his rehabilitation into society on his release. As for his family and friends, they are not the concern of the justice system which already places far to much emphasis on the perpetrator for my liking. Oooh err
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