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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Care home 'naturist' sentenced by Carlisle court

A man who ran a village youth club has now been shunned by his old friends after being unmasked as a pervert who enjoyed walking around naked in the care home where he worked, a court has heard.

For four years Keith Wilson, 64, shocked his workmates at The Eyrie home in Moresby Parks, near Whitehaven, by regularly stripping naked – sometimes even when cooking the residents’ breakfasts.

He was often seen naked in the kitchen and even when on other duties frequently sat around in nothing more than a silk dressing gown which “left everything on show”.

His colleagues got used to being called to the office only to find him standing stark naked in the doorway.

And when he took residents swimming he didn’t bother with any trunks until a new CCTV camera – which he described as “an outrageous infringement of his rights” – was installed and forced him to cover up.

He often wore just a towel around his waist – or nothing at all – when bathing residents, used to do the ironing half-naked and was “given to removing his clothing before weighing himself on scales in the kitchen”.

Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans told Carlisle Crown Court that Wilson, of Main Street, Dearham, liked to call himself a “naturist” and tried to explain his behaviour by saying he simply “didn’t like wearing clothes”.

But, he said, at the home which caters for adults with mental health problems and learning difficulties, his colleagues knew him as “more of an exhibitionist” because of the number of times they saw him “naked around the place”.

Even so they put up with his bizarre behaviour for years, making excuses to avoid him and refusing to watch the pornographic films he enjoyed on the staff television set.

Wilson pleaded guilty to four charges of exposure, each one just a specimen to illustrate his ongoing behaviour from the start of 2009 to the end of 2012.

In mitigation, defence barrister Brendan Burke said Wilson could still see “little problem with what he was doing”.

He added: “He seems fundamentally confused about how to behave.”

He said he had been a well respected member of the community, leading the local First Response team and running the youth club. But now, he said, he has been shunned by all except his family and a very few close friends.

Wilson was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years.

Although retired, he was still banned from working or having unsupervised contact with vulnerable people.

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