A NEWTOWN man must complete a two-year court order and has to register as a sex offender after he exposed himself to a doorman and police officers.

Jorge Riviero-Santos committed the offence in the town centre on November 4 last year and was sentenced this week following an in-depth psychiatric report.

The 33-year-old had previously admitted three offences in total, including exposure, plus possessing cannabis and failing to provide a drug drive sample.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said the November 4 incident occurred late in the evening, when the doorman saw him expose himself, holding his trousers down with one hand and his genitals with the other, prosecutor Helen Tench said. She added that he crossed the road and came up to the doorman before replacing his trousers.


Mrs Tench said Riviero-Santos’ actions were “clearly” captured on CCTV, with two members of the public also present.

She added: “The defendant was acting in generally a strange manner; the security guard flagged down a police vehicle."

She said he then exposed himself to police officers, and that the security guard had been concerned because there were young teenagers in the area.

Mrs Tench said police found three grams of cannabis worth around £30 in Riviero-Santos’ pocket and he told them in interview he intended to smoke it.

A few days later, on November 9, Riviero-Santos was stopped while driving his Vauxhall Corsa near Churchstoke.

Mrs Tench said he told officers he smoked cannabis the night before and he was driving to Newtown. A roadside test was positive for cannabis and he was arrested.

He later declined to provide a blood sample despite having said he would do so.

Riviero-Santos had no previous convictions.

Representing the defendant, Owain Jones said concerns for his client’s mental health had been raised following the original incident.

“The last psychiatrist who consulted with him believed he was fit to plea, but it is clear my client has mental health issues," he said. "I believe it is a significant mitigating point.

“He has abstained from drug misuse since the incident. He has been on strict conditional bail for many months. He is on medication and his health seems to be improving.

“He is a man of previous good character and is remorseful and sorry for his behaviour.”

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Magistrates ordered that Riviero-Santos complete a two-year community order, which includes 30 rehabilitation days and 130 hours of unpaid work.

He must comply with a sexual offences notification order for five years, and pay a £114 surcharge and £85 costs.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, and fined £80 with £85 costs.