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Man found guilty of exposing himself to dog walkers in Fordingbridge

A MAN has been convicted by a jury of indecently exposing himself twice to lone women walking their dogs in Fordingbridge.

Robert Oakley (51), of Lyon Street, Southampton, targeted the two separate victims in January 2020, a three-day trial at the city’s crown court heard.

The prosecution told the hearing that Oakley frequented a popular dog walking area near Frog Lane in Fordingbridge at around 3.20pm on 25th January when he exposed himself to a 33-year-old woman out with her dogs.

Robert Oakley was convicted at Southampton Crown Court (46133827)
Robert Oakley was convicted at Southampton Crown Court (46133827)

He returned to the same area three days later, between 12.30pm and 1pm, and exposed himself to a 34-year-old woman who was also walking alone with her pet.

Welcoming the defendant’s conviction, PC Sarah Taylor praised the two victims for coming forward and telling police what had happened.

“Being subjected to something like this can be very distressing and shocking, sometimes leaving a victim unsure of what to do or how to report this kind of thing to us,” PC Taylor said.

“We absolutely want to receive your call and bring offenders like Oakley to justice. If it’s happening now, always call 999.

“These incidents rightly concerned the community in Fordingbridge at the time and we’re pleased to be able to say now that we were able to put a stop to this, with the community’s help.”

Oakley is due to be sentenced for the offences on 11th May.

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