Man who flashed his g-string to teens says he's no pervert
A BEACHGOER, who performed a strip tease in front of a female sunbather and also flashed his g-string to three teen girls in Hungry Jacks, has expressed deep remorse for causing any fear.
John Hartley Pears, 53, a disability support pensioner from Fortitude Valley, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to two counts of being a public nuisance.
"I definitely didn't mean to have a detrimental affect of anyone involved," Mr Pears, trembling and fighting back tears, said outside court.
"The last thing I wanted to do was to scare anyone.
"I feel for the people I have unintentionally frightened.
"I'm not a bad person; I've never hurt anyone in my life."
The court heard Pears had approached a woman lying on the beach between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland, on September 24, 2012.
"He removed his shirt in a strip tease fashion and then grabbed himself in the front, adjusting his g-string," Prosecutor Stuart Lydford said.
"He asked her if it was a nude beach ... and asked if she wanted to go for a swim ... then sat nearby and adjusted his g-string."
The court heard the woman was fearful and filmed Pears on her smart phone, with the footage later given to police.
Then, on March 15 this year, Pears lifted his shirt and unbuttoned his trousers at Hungry Jacks Maroochydore, where he exposed a camouflage coloured g-string to three teenage girls.
His lawyer Michael Robinson explained his behaviour stemmed from drinking to cope with a terminal illness, later revealed to be emphysema.
Pears was intoxicated during both offences.
"It's potentially a fatal condition, just an unknown time frame."
He explained the illness was caused by a lifetime of smoking.
"It's terminal - they won't give me a date - it will kill me sooner rather than later, and that's led me to drinking and relaxing and letting my hair down," he said outside court.
He also conceded he should not have committed the offences.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have done it.
"I feel very sorry and remorseful.
"I'm not a pervert".
Pears was placed on probation.