A MAN exposed himself to four women at a popular dog-walking beauty spot, magistrates were told.

David Moore told magistrates in Newton Aycliffe that he had previously had consensual sex with couples and women at Waldridge Fell, near Chester-le-Street.

The court heard that the 24-year-old had seen similar scenes of men exposing themselves on a pornographic film and “decided to do it himself”.

John Garside, prosecuting, said: “One victim was walking her dog on September 11 at around 1.45pm and when she returned to her vehicle and saw a man parked next to her car.

“As she approached the male has asked her where the nearest McDonald’s was, she bent down and as she did she seen his hand moving up and down.

“She said it was not something she wanted to see and she quickly got in her car and drove off.

“She said the incident left her feeling spooked and she was worried the defendant might follow her.”

Mr Garside added: “The male defendant stood next to another woman and said ‘you are looking very sexy this morning’ whilst holding his penis and adding ‘what do you think of this?’.

“She told him he could put that away for a start and said she was not impressed and not interested.

“She says she was left very shaken and now does not use the area for dog-walking anymore.”

Another victim said in a statement that she was walking her dog on the morning of September 9 when Moore made friendly conversation with her.

She said: “I stroked his dog and he politely said ‘may I say you are looking lovely’ whilst grabbing his crotch.”

Mr Garside said: “The defendant states that Waldridge Fell is a well-known dogging site and he has had consensual sex with couples and women there and he wanted to see if anyone wanted to participate.

“He states that he was not threatening anyone and that the women he has spoken to have had the opportunity to leave the area whilst he was confined to his car.

“He says he had seen similar on a pornographic movie and decided to do it himself.

“He accepts his behaviour was unacceptable, he is ashamed and remorseful and says he would never do it again.”

Moore, of Mendip Avenue, Chester-le-Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of outraging public decency between September 11 and September 26, one count of intentional harassment without violence between the same dates and one of driving without insurance,.

The case has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report from a probation officer.

Moore was given conditional bail and is due back at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 12.