Judge praises teenager

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A judge has praised the courage of a teenage girl who helped to catch a flasher who sexually assaulted her during a train journey.

Today (Tuesday) Craig Pressick, 44, of no fixed address, admitted two offences of sexual assault and exposure on September 19 last year, when he repeatedly exposed himself and kissed the startled 17-year-old on the temple after she boarded a train at Lincoln.

Lincoln Crown Court was told the victim burst into tears when she when was met at Sleaford station by her mother but then encouraged the train driver and taxi drivers to prevent Pressick leaving until police arrived.

Jon Straw, prosecuting, said Pressick suggested the teenager take some clothes off when she complained it was hot. Mr Straw said Pressick repeatedly asked if he could sit next to her and suddenly kissed her on her right temple. He then moved into the aisle and exposed himself. The woman moved further down the train but as she tried to leave Pressick blocked her path and “smiled smugly”.

Pressick also left the train at Sleaford and shouted towards another woman while placing his hand over his groin area.

The court was told Pressick had a previous conviction for indecent assault and had served a nine year sentence for armed robbery. Doctors had concluded he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

David Eager, mitigating, said Presswick’s behaviour was, “the result of his mental health problems.”

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath ordered Pressick to register as a sex offender and made him the subject of a hospital order to protect the public.

Judge Heath also asked the Crown Prosecution Service to write commending the victim’s conduct. He said: “She dealt with a very difficult situation in a very praise worthy and courageous manner.”