Shannon Yates appeared to be very much the exhibitionist when he was seen pleasuring himself in a Wollongong McDonald's in full view of workers - and the restaurant's high definition CCTV cameras - last month. Yates and his partner, Maree Reading, spent eight hours sitting in the dining area of the Burelli Street outlet on the afternoon July 13, however it wasn't until well into their stay that the duo started attracting attention. Police documents said Yates put his right hand inside his trousers and was seen vigorously "jerking his hand back and forth" as Ms Reading watched on from the other side of the table. Police who viewed CCTV footage of the incident noted Yates was sitting with his back to the wall and claim his movements demonstrated "a clear act of masturbation". Several diners eating in the restaurant at the time witnessed the incident, as did a 14-year-old McDonald's employee, who has since undergone counselling and refuses to return to work. "The accused was also seated directly in view of a high definition, coloured CCTV camera which clearly captures the incident," police documents said. Read more: Woman returned to prison over horrific glassing attack at Fairy Meadow pub "The CCTV also shows the reactions of other patrons as they observe the accused in the act." He was arrested at a local motel a few days later, charged with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place and fronted court, where he successfully applied for bail. Unfortunately for Yates, the Mercury was in court to hear the bail proceedings and published details of the lewd allegations the following day, which attracted plenty of interest - and wisecracks - from readers. However, Yates appears to have turned recluse since his brush with fame, failing to turn up to a court appearance on Tuesday to answer the allegations. He was found guilty of the offence in his absence, convicted and fined $550. Those hoping for a further explanation for Yates' behaviour that day will have to make do with his words to police upon his arrest: "I wasn't in my right frame of mind, I was on drugs, I had taken ecstasy all night, I had been up for days beforehand."