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Judge confiscates car of pervert who toured North-East schools
6:00pm Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
A PERVERT who toured the North-East so he could perform sex acts in his car in front of schoolgirls has had his motor taken from him.
David Borthwick was also banned from leaving his home during school lunch breaks and at home-time to stop him seeking his sick thrills.
A judge told the balding 50-year-old that his "unusual and deviant sexual behaviour" had left a number of youngsters traumatised.
Each time he went out, cunning Borthwick changed the number plates on his Volvo and he was able to avoid detection for almost two years.
But when the incidents were linked and roadside cameras were checked, the original plates could be seen on the dashboard of the hatchback.
After his arrest, he denied responsibility, but eventually confessed when he pleaded guilty to a string of crimes as he was due to go on trial at Teesside Crown Court last month.
He returned to court to be sentenced when Judge Peter Armstrong ordered his car be confiscated and imposed a curfew from 1pm to 6pm.
The jobless lorry driver was also given a 15-month suspended prison term and was ordered to go on a sex offenders' treatment programme.
He told a probation worker that he developed his bizarre sexual interest after visiting a nudist beach while on holiday in Jamaica.
Borthwick's barrister Alex Burns said: "He has had part of his punishment. He has lost his job. His girlfriend, not surprisingly, has stopped her relationship with him.
"If he was sent to prison, he won't get the help he needs. He seems to have accepted he does need help. He has desisted for two years."
Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said Borthwick parked near schools, waited for passing children, lowered his trousers and ensured the girls saw him.
Mr Dodds said he would drive off when his victims tried to note the car's details, but despite the evidence still claimed he was innocent.
He eventually admitted five charges of outraging public decency between 2009 and 2011 across the North-East - including four in County Durham.
Judge Armstrong told Borthwick, of Castlereagh Street, Sunderland: "This sort of offending always causes the court concern.
"It is unusual and deviant sexual behaviour for someone to get their sexual thrills by parking up knowing young girls are going to walk past."
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