Flasher jailed after preying on women

17:00, Aug 08 2014
Michael Bruce Bell
FLASHER: Michael Bruce Bell leaves the Thames District Court in January.

A man who admitted exposing himself to people at Cooks Beach has been jailed.

Michael Bruce Bell, 41, of Cooks Beach, was jailed for two months for obscenely exposing himself on New Year's Eve.

He was arrested after police posed as holidaymakers following complaints about a man flashing tourists.

When he first appeared in the Thames District Court, Bell said he was going to fight the charge as he believed he had a defence. But several months ago he changed his plea to guilty.

Thames-Coromandel police area manager Senior Sergeant Graham Shields said it wasn't the first time Bell had been convicted for exposing himself in public and he was pleased to see him jailed.

"Those people that have been victimised by him, it's quite traumatic, quite creepy. He preys on young women. It's quite scary for them."

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Shields said Bell followed the victims as they tried to get away.

He said they would investigate any other complaints of Bell's behaviour.

Bell is one of several Waikato men convicted for indecent behaviour this year alone.

They include Hamilton man Dylan Francis Drawbridge, 26, who was cut off from his family after admitting indecency charges which included peeping through a hole in the K Mart shopping centre toilets last year.

He approached parents and their children at Hamilton Lake then got his genitals out and appeared to masturbate.

A Hamilton father was more covert after setting up a hidden camera in an air freshener container in his bathroom to perv on his young daughter and her two friends for nearly two years.

The middle-aged tradesman, who cannot be named as it would identify his daughter, also plied one of his daughter's friends with alcohol and gifts - including a vibrator - as well as showing her pornographic movies about masturbation.

He will be sentenced in the Hamilton District Court in September.

belinda.feek@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

Waikato Times