Schoolgirls are praised for helping to capture flasher

Derek Rotheray pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent exposure.

Derek Rotheray pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent exposure.

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A FLASHER who exposed himself to horrified schoolgirls has been caught.

And the town’s police inspector says the capture is all down to the brave pupils of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, in Sandon Road.

Rotheray exposed himself to schoolgirls at KGGS.

Rotheray exposed himself to schoolgirls at KGGS.

When a group of girls spotted the man they believed to have carried out the same offence on two previous occasions, they immediately called police. Minutes later, officers arrived and ‘caught him in the act’.

The flasher was standing on a track away from the road which runs alongide the sports courts at KGGS.

Inspector Nigel Storey praised the girls’ bravery and their vigilance in reporting the man straight away.

He said: “All the girls were around 16 years old so it’s quite a brave thing for them to do.

“These girls have had to go through the traumatic experience of seeing someone expose themselves, yet they still managed to retain the description which resulted in us identifying him on Friday.

“Because of their vigilance we were able to link all three incidents.”

Derek Rotheray, a 70-year-old man from Leicester, was charged with indecent exposure on February 8, February 14 and on Friday, and appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to all three charges.

KGGS headteacher Graham Burks is thankful Rotheray’s guilty plea saves the girls from having to give evidence in court and hopes they can put the matter behind them.

He said: “He’s been caught and that’s a good result.

“The girls have been quite calm about it, but they’ve been more concerned about the youngsters and about the children in the primary school across the road in that they could have seen it.

“The girls have really been super and they’ve really supported the police. It’s quite a brave thing for the girls to do. When you’ve got to deal with the police it’s quite an anxious time.”

Rotheray, of Stoneygate Road, Leicester, was bailed until April 14 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared. He was ordered to stay out of Lincolnshire and not to go within 100 yards of any school.