A SCHOOL bus driver who exposed himself to a 16-year-old passenger and kissed another teenage girl on the neck has been spared a jail term.
<respond_button adunit=”4″ buttontype=”2″ title=”North Wales bus driver who exposed himself to teen spard jail” id=”1″>On another occasion Elfed Lewis Williams, of Denbigh Road, Llanrwst, produced a camera and tried to put it down a girl’s top and slapped another teenager on the bottom a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court heard.
The 62-year-old admitted three charges of sexual assault and one of outraging public decency and was given a three year community order.
Prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel said the most recent offence happened in June near Trawsfynydd.
He said the 16-year-old girl had got onto the bus and saw Williams sitting in one of the front seats with his trousers down to just above the knees. She then fled from the bus.
Interviewed later by police he claimed he had injured himself closing a zip earlier at Llandudno and during the journey to Trawsfynydd had become “uncomfortable” and needed to put cream on his groin.
Williams had already been charged with three offences of sexual assault.
Mr ap Mihangel said the first assault happened in June 2010 when a 16-year-old girl was in a car driven by Williams.
He said: “During the journey he tried to put a camera down her top. Later during the journey he stroked her leg.
“The second offence occurred in May last year. The same girl got onto the bus and Williams tried to get her to expose more of her breasts.
“He left his seat on the bus and came up behind her, kissed her neck and touched her leg.”
A 15-year-old girl had had her bottom slapped by Williams as she walked off the bus, the barrister said.
“She did not think much of that at first and considered it a joke. But after discussing it with others realised it was not appropriate behaviour,” he said.
Sentencing, Judge Niclas Parry said: “This is a worrying case. You clearly have an unhealthy interest in adolescent girls. You manipulated your position of trust to take advantage of young girls and shows you are unable to control your sexual urges.”
The judge ordered Williams be supervised by probation officers for the next three years and must attend a sexual offenders course.
Williams was also handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which bans him from speaking with girls aged 16 or younger in “a sexual or inappropriate” manner. He must also not seek to befriend or associate with girls aged under 16.
He was also ordered to sign the sexual offenders register. Both orders will last for five years the judge ruled.
Duncan Bould, defending, said he had pleaded guilty to the offences and had lost his job as a bus driver.
“He realises he will not be working with children any more,” he said.