A man arrested after stripping and masturbating in a cemetery multiple times has said he is sorry and has promised not to do it again.
Raymond James Stratford was also seen “performing a sexual act” involving an electric toothbrush at the Stirling District Cemetery, near Adelaide, Australia.
Stratford, 67, became entangled in a joint operation between plainclothes police officers and the dog squad.
Prosecutor Brevet Sergeant Rebecca Symons told the Mount Barker Magistrates Court that Stratford was seen as masturbating and had also “engaged in a sexual act” with an electric toothbrush.
“Police found the electric toothbrush lying on the floor near where the suspect was arrested,” she told the court.
Police had responded to two separate complaints from women who had seen Stratford make an exhibition of themselves in recent weeks.
His attorney Sarah Bamford defended Stratford, telling the court that her client had decided to interfere with himself in the cemetery because he “lives not that far away” and it was “out in the open.”
“That went through his mind then,” she said, “it was purely out in the wilderness.”
She added, “There is scrub and forest in that cemetery, and those are my instructions as to why he went there.”
Ms. Bamford told the court that her client was awaiting an appointment with a psychologist and may have problems with “compulsive sexual behavior.”
Magistrate Lynette Duncan said Stratford’s behavior “showed complete disrespect for a burial site and those who attend it.”
She sentenced him to two months, 12 days behind bars, fully suspended on A $ 500 (about £ 275), 18 months of good behavior guarantee.
Stratford is also required to undergo rehabilitation programs and counseling.
Out of court, he told reporters he regretted what he did.
“I won’t do it again,” he promised.