A HORSHAM man faces jail time after using sexual language and exposing himself to four women.
Benjamin Cooke-Harrison, 21, is facing charges for indecent assault, wilful and obscene exposure, behaving in an indecent manner in public, committing an indictable offence while on bail and drug trafficking.
He appeared in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The case was adjourned for two weeks.
Magistrate Peter Mithen said Cooke-Harrison would most likely face jail over the allegations.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Haughton told the court Cooke-Harrison allegedly exposed himself to three women and touched another inappropriately in three separate incidents on March 17 and 18.
All four women were walking along the Wimmera River in Horsham when the incidents allegedly occurred.
Sen Const Haughton said Cooke-Harrison was riding his bike when he approached the first victim, who was walking her dog on March 17.
Cooke-Harrison stopped his bike and asked the woman for directions to the nearest service station.
‘‘As the women started pointing towards the nearest service station, Cooke-Harrison made an attempt to grab her crotch, but instead grabbed her upper thigh,’’ Sen Const Haughton said.
He said Cooke-Harrison also used inappropriate, sexual language towards the woman.
A few hours later, Cooke-Harrison approached two women, both aged 62, walking along the river, near the Bennett Road carpark in Horsham.
He pretended to fall off his bike and told the women he was hurt.
Sen Const Haughton said when one woman went to his assistance, she allegedly noticed his penis was protruding in full view.
The women walked away, but Cooke-Harrison later rode his bike past them and slapped one of the women on the left buttock.
Sen Const Haughton said the women later saw him come out from behind a rowing shed.
He said Cooke-Harrison was allegedly cupping his penis and moving his hand up and down.
On March 18, Cooke-Harrison approached another woman walking along the river.
Sen Const Haughton said Cooke-Harrison presented the woman with a red condom wrapper and asked the woman if she knew how to put the condom on.
He said later, Cooke-Harrison allegedly rode past the woman on his bike with his penis exposed.
Sen Const Haughton said Cooke-Harrison allegedly broke into the yard of Horsham’s ABC Learning Centre on April 1 at 5.10am.
He said the cleaner at the centre saw Cooke-Harrison outside and became scared.
He said Cooke-Harrison laid on the ground outside the centre and waved to the cleaner inside.
The cleaner called police and Cooke-Harrison was arrested for trespassing.
Cooke-Harrison was on bail at the time of the offence.
Sen Const Haughton said on September 9, police received information related to drug trafficking offences and searched Cooke-Harrison’s home.
He said Cooke-Harrison surrendered 20 grams of cannabis.
Police also found scales, cling wrap and a homemade herb grinder with cannabis residue on it.
Cooke-Harrison’s lawyer argued he had become involved in ice.
Mr Mithen said he needed more time to investigate if there were any more underlying issues with Cooke-Harrison’s mental state.
Cooke-Harrison will return to court on April 29.