CONVICTED flashers have gone on to commit hundreds of rapes, murders and sexual assaults, figures reveal.
In the past five years, 244 men found guilty of exposing themselves have been found guilty of rape attacks.
1Flashers who have gone on to kill include Pawel Relowicz, pictured, who murdered Hull student Libby Squire in 2019Credit: PAAnother 203 cases saw those with exposure convictions go on to carry out a sexual assault. In ten cases, flashers went on to kill.
The Ministry of Justice figures have raised fears that flashing is a first step to more serious sex crimes.
David Spencer, research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “Gateway crimes like flashing and voyeurism aren’t treated anything like seriously enough.
“Sentencing should be increased to act as a deterrent and stop potentially criminals ending up on a slippery slope.”
Flashers who have gone on to kill include Pawel Relowicz, who murdered Hull student Libby Squire in 2019.
And Colin Pitchfork, a flasher from his teens, went on to murder two girls in the 1980s.
In total, 11,595 indecent exposure and voyeurism offences were reported in England and Wales last year. But just 1,281 cases ended in a charge.
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