A high-risk sex offender who thrust his exposed genitals against a three-year-old girl has been spared jail despite repeatedly flouting court orders.
Keith Holloway, 65, sexually assaulted the child in a corner of a packed supermarket in 2003.
The youngster’s horrified mum quickly grabbed and confronted Holloway, who later admitted the assault and was jailed.
But since his release, Holloway has filmed under the skirts of young women and offered an eight-year-old girl an ice pop, telling her she was “beautiful” and inviting her to use his new shower.
For the latter, he was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years but this has been breached four times since.
Holloway was made to appear before judges on Friday to admit breaching another court order banning him from owning a camera.
Worcester Crown Court was told Holloway bought a camera phone from Argos and failed to tell his probation officer about the purchase.
But Judge Nicholas Cole refused to jail him for his latest breach, saying it was a “minor” offence and because his defence barrister said prison would be “crushing” for him.
Instead, the defendant must complete a 12-month community order with up to 20 rehabilitation activity days. He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £350 costs.
Holloway, who walked with a stick and cried in the dock, was said to be apologetic for an “honest mistake”.
Jamie Scott, defending, told the court: “It’s a breach I hope can be characterised as an honest mistake.
“I ask for full credit for his guilty plea.
“It’s plain immediate custody would have a crushing effect on someone who is obviously a frail and unwell man.”
The court heard Holloway, classed as a “high risk” offender, was found in possession of the camera in July last year.
Michael Aspinall, prosecuting, reminded the court of Holloway’s string of sexual offences, the first of which dating back to 1984.
He exposed his penis to the young girl in 2003, for which he spent four years in jail.
Mr Aspinall said: “Holloway approached a three-year-old girl in the corner of a supermarket and began thrusting his pelvis into her.
“He was grabbed by the mother. His penis was exposed. Being confronted he began crying and saying he shouldn’t have done it.”
In October 2007 he received a nine month suspended sentence for outraging public decency after he took pictures up young women’s skirts.
Mr Aspinall said: “They were unaware of his activity but a passing member of the public reported it to police.”
Holloway, from Barbourne, Worcester, admitted breaching a court order.