A serial flasher and child sex offender has been put behind bars after a female witness appeared in court to dispute claims he had a small penis and give a detailed description of his appendage.
Hinton Sheryn, 68, had denied he would get his penis out in public – because he was embarrassed it was ‘unusually small’.
A Plymouth Crown Court heard he told police:
One reason I would not expose myself in public is that I have such a small one that I would not want anyone to laugh at me. As far as doing it out on the street or a public place such as that, you have got to be joking.
However, a prostitute – of whom the former pop promoter was a regular client until 2012 – appeared in court to give evidence at the last minute and exposed the pervert’s lies by contesting his size claims. The female sex worker described his package and told the court it was a ‘normal’ size.
Her late intervention helped convict the successful author, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he was convicted of 18 crimes.
He had become notorious for exposing himself in the small village near Plymouth, Devon, where he lived in the 1970s and 1980s, so much so that he became known as ‘the flasher’. But he was never brought to justice until witnesses and victims began to come forward to police last year.
Sheryn had also denied nine offences of indecent assault against children and eight of committing acts of indecency against children between 1973 and 1986, as well as a further charge of attempting to indecently assault a boy.
He was found guilty on all counts after a five-day trial and, because of his heart condition, it is unlikely he will ever leave jail.
While sentencing, the judge pointed out that Sheryn had horrifically abused the main complainant for eight years.
Judge Jeremy Griggs said:
You offended on pretty much a weekly basis. The offending lasted throughout much of her childhood and will have an effect on the remainder of her life.
After Sheryn’s sentencing, one of his victims added:
I am elated. Hinton Sheryn has gone through life preying on young vulnerable defenceless children. Exposing himself, committing indecent acts, forcing children to commit indecency and using manipulation and certainly in my case, violence, for his own sick self-gratification.
He did not care about the destruction he has caused along the way. He can have no shame. He must have thought he was above the law or that no one would ever dare speak out. He was a very violent nasty person who committed some disgusting horrific crimes against young innocent children.