A serial sex pest cut a hole in his shorts so he could masturbate while staring at women – on busy commuter trains.
Perverted passenger Thomas Safe, 29, sat close to women on mainline services and ”openly” pleasured himself.
One horrified victim – who caught him red-handed – had her five-year-old daughter sitting next to her.
After being arrested Safe told police he had done it because he ”liked the risk of getting caught”.
He was given a three-year community order and put on a sex offenders programme after admitting two counts of exposure and one of sexual activity in the presence of a child.
But Judge Roderick Denyer QC, sitting at Bristol Crown Court, warned him that any more offences would result in a jail term.
He told him: ”The seriousness of these offences are not as such that I have to lock you up.
”I take the view that you don’t pose a serious danger to far as your future is concerned.
”But if you don’t comply with this order you will be in breach and a judge can send you to prison for as long as he or she likes.”
The court hearing on Wednesday (10/11) was told how Safe sidled up close to two females on a train from Birmingham to Cardiff on July 28th this year.
They described him as ”openly masturbating” and reported him to the police.
Just days later on August 1 a woman was travelling to Bristol with her 15-year-old daughter when Safe got on and positioned himself three seats from them.
The shocked woman then saw the man staring intently at her, while sweating and pleasuring himself.
She confronted him – calling him a ”dirty pervert” – and he was arrested by police at Bristol Parkway Station.
Richard Posner, prosecuting, said: ”The woman felt angry and shocked that he was masturbating – she felt she had been targeted.
”His shorts had a hole cut in the front of them and had what appeared to be semen on them.”
But while on bail for the offence, he was again caught carrying out more dirty deeds on a train – this time on a trip to Worcester.
A woman was travelling on the train, on September 12, with her five-year-old daughter when Safe sat close to them and started masturbating.
He was arrested at his home in Cheltenham, Glos., after being identified by rail cops on CCTV.
Safe admitted to the offences, claiming the risk of getting caught made him feel like a different person.
The court also heard he had been convicted in 2001 after being caught masturbating in bushes in Cheltenham on three separate occasions while women were passing by.
Judge Denyer handed Safe, an unemployed carpenter, a 36-month community order and told him to complete the Thames Valley Sex Offenders Treatment Programme.
He was also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years and given a conditional discharge for possession of a small amount of cannabis.