Brisbane masturbator cops six months

Benjamin Moran will be sentenced for more than 30 indecent acts over a four-year period from 2015.
Benjamin Moran will be sentenced for more than 30 indecent acts over a four-year period from 2015.

A thrill-seeking security guard terrorised Brisbane women for four years by masturbating naked or semi-naked in front of them on footpaths, at bus stops and in bushes.

Now he has been handed a six month suspended prison sentence

Benjamin Frederick Moran, 44, admitted to 33 indecent acts between January 2015 and January 2019.

Half or fully naked, he posed on footpaths, hid behind bushes or sat in his van and masturbated as women passed by or stood at bus stops on streets.

Most of the acts were committed on a nondescript suburban street opposite a Good Guys store in leafy inner-city Windsor.

However Moran also admitted carrying out lewd acts at Annerley.

Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday heard Moran felt compelled to seek the "rush" of pleasuring himself in front of women who randomly encountered him in public places.

There was no verbal or physical contact but many victims were frightened and anonymously called Crimestoppers.

When he offended at night he shone a mobile phone light on his genitals.

The court heard Moran was caught after a woman called police on him on Truro Street in Windsor.

He then confessed and used a map to show officers where he had offended.

That led to 23 charges after they were able to cross-check previous reports of his behaviour and they later added a further 10 charges.

Magistrate Belinda Merrin sentenced Moran to six months in prison for each of the 23 charges, suspended for two years. He was placed on probation for the other 10 charges.

Australian Associated Press