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Man who made sexual comments to girls is sentenced

A man who made a series of sexual comments to two girls in Lincoln has been handed a 16-month sentence.

Carl Potter initially approached a teenage school pupil, whom he did not know, on Monks Road and made a series of deeply inappropriate sexual comments.

The pupil was then joined by a friend, who witnessed the same comments. Potter is believed to have had his hand in his trousers while he was speaking to the girls.

The incident, which took place at around 7.30am on 25th November, was reported and Potter later arrested.

The 33-year-old, who was of no fixed address at the time of the arrest, denied a charge of sexual communications with a child but was found guilty on Wednesday at a Lincoln Crown Court hearing.

Potter was sentenced yesterday (12th November) to 12 months for the sexual communications charge, and a further four months for breaching a suspended sentence for a previous stalking offence. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and has an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will supercede the 10-year period.

He has been on remand since his arrest.

Pc Kat Braithwaite, who led the investigation, said: “This was a particularly troubling incident involving teenage girls who were subjected to sexualised and very inappropriate language from Potter.

“He approached two girls who were complete strangers to him, and engaged in a conversation which was very upsetting for them.

“I would like to pay tribute to the girls who have shown tremendous courage following the incident, and during the trial itself.

“This behaviour is abhorrent and I hope we can bring some comfort to the victims by demonstrating that offenders will be brought to justice.”

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13 Nov 20 9:36 AM

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