Man committed sex act in police station and asked child ‘can I come home with you?’
A man will receive psychiatric care after committing a solo sex act in a Gloucester police station.
Michael Jones, 22, sexually assaulted a woman by touching her buttocks on a bench in King Street, Stroud, on August 20.
Earlier that day he had asked an eight-year-old girl in the Rowcroft Lloyds bank: “Can I come home with you?”
After being arrested, Jones, of Slad Road in Stroud, tried to kiss a woman in Compass House police station, Quedgeley, then committed the sex act in his cell.
A hospital order was imposed on Jones today at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, after he admitted sexual assault, a public order offence and indecent behaviour in a police station.
Prosecutor Rebecca Sutherland said the incident in Lloyd’s happened near a cash machine.
“The defendant was acting peculiarly and the child was quite scared,” she added.
When he asked if he could go home with the child, this left her “frightened”, Ms Sutherland continued.
Jones was sitting at a bench at 4.30pm next to an 11-year-old girl.
Ms Sutherland said: “Their legs were touching. The girl felt very uncomfortable.”
The girl’s aunt asked Jones what he was doing and swapped places with her niece.
Jones then sat up and touched the woman’s leg, before moving his hand underneath her coat and feeling her buttocks.
She jumped up and shouted: “What are you doing?”
He replied: “I just wanted to get close to you.”
Jones spent time in Quedgeley’s police cells after being arrested on August 31.
Ms Sutherland said: “When he was in the cells he was acting inappropriately.
“He tried to kiss a female when he was being booked in.
“He then masturbated in his cell. He was warned not to do so but continued.”
Dr Laidlaw recommended Jones receive psychiatric treatment in hospital until he is found fit to leave.
Chair of the magistrates Natalie Hunt imposed the hospital order and ordered Jones be placed on the sex offenders register for five years.