English man convicted on sex charge involving a mailbox
(Huffington Post) WIGAN, England – A man in Wigan, England, has been stamped as a sex offender after being found guilty of having sex with a mailbox.
Paul Bennett, 45, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of indecent exposure and using threatening and abusive words with abusive behavior, the Mirror reports.
The plea stemmed from a Sept. 9 incident where he attempted to have sex with a mailbox in a public area.
Witnesses told the court they saw Bennett pull down his pants in a shopping arcade and start to publicly perform a sexual act on himself in public.
Prosecuting attorney Kate Beattie said Bennett then walked over to the postbox and “started to make sexual advances towards it,” according to the Mirror.
Bennett reportedly rubbed himself against the mailbox while holding his hands in the air. Witnesses said he kept shouting
“Wow!” during his mailbox masturbation.
After he finished, Bennett pulled up his pants and started swinging on a lamppost, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Police later found Bennett exposing himself in front of another store. Officers said he drunkenly shouted and swore at them, according to the Express.
Bennett’s attorney, Martin Jones, told the court he realizes his client’s behavior left witnesses ”ashamed, disgusted and upset.”
“My client accepts that,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “Clearly there are issues that need to be addressed.”
A court ordered Bennett to undergo alcohol treatment, and pay $75 to the woman who witnessed his mailbox sex session.
He will also have to register as a Sex Offender, Wigan Today reports.