Cheadle, UK - Nicholas Read, 40, who had been convicted of indecent exposure last month, was given a 20-week jail term as punishment. It was then suspended by the UK court official who stated that jail ‘would not help him.’
Read is an actor who, up until this incident, was best known for his work in the Harry Potter and Star Wars films – having played both a Gringotts goblin and an Ewok warrior. The life of an Ewok warrior is understandably hard. Sadly, this Ewok warrior’s fall from grace was evident by his conviction for mastubating under a bowler hat while traveling on a UK passenger train last October.
On that fateful day, Read was reportedly traveling between London and Leicester by train. Court documents say that Read seated himself in an aisle seat next to a teenage girl at the window. Read was convicted for covering his lap with his bowler hat and stroking his mini-mini-me for “30 to 40 minutes” while effectively “trapping” his victim.
Inspector Mark Clements of British Transport Police said, “Read’s actions were deplorable. He targeted a young lone female, unable to move from her seat, who was too scared to speak, and was paralysed by fear.”
When quoting a Brit, I feel obligated to use the goofy English spelling of words like “paralysed.”
Read was convicted of indencent exposure based, in part, on testimony of the girl. This is not his first conviction for sexual offenses. Past convictions include an incident when he climbed into the bed of a stage manager and his girlfriend without invitation and another for making explicit phone calls to women.
Oddly, Read was shown mercy by Recorder Richard Bond. Passing sentence, Mr Bond said, “A relatively short sentence of imprisonment will not help you, and it certainly will not protect the public from your fantasies.” Bond then promptly suspended the jail term.
Instead, Read will participate in a community sex offender group work program and pay £500 towards court costs.
“Prison will not help you, so we will suspend the sentence and send you home.” God save the Queen.Tags: Celebrity, Crime, dwarf, ewok, exposure, Harry Potter, masturbation, Nicholas Read, public masturbation, Star Wars, UK