A cleaner at an HSE Covid contact tracing center followed a man into the bathrooms and performed a sexual act on himself in front of the victim, a court has heard.
Anos Carolea, 36, had been arrested months earlier for exposing herself and committing the same offense in front of an undercover garda in a downtown shop toilet.
Judge Bryan Smyth fined €500 in Dublin District Court as he admitted both offences.
The court heard Corolea had already paid a “very high price” for his crime and was getting “help.”
The defendant, from Romania but with an address at The Hermitage, Balgriffin, Dublin 13, pleaded guilty to masturbating in public at the HSE contact tracing offices in Heuston South Quarter on December 8 last year.
He also admitted to an earlier count of the same offense at Marks & Spencer on Mary Street on June 8, 2021.
The court heard that Gardai were reported that the office cleaner – Carolea – had twice followed a victim into the bathroom at the contact tracing center.
The second time, the cleaner entered a bathroom stall without closing the door and “slowly began to masturbate” in front of the man.
“He could see the defendant’s penis making slow up and down movements in his hand,” a constable said.
The victim reported it to management, who went to the Gardaí.
In the earlier incident, a plainclothes police officer was in the Marks & Spencer public toilets as part of an undercover operation at 2.45pm when Corolea walked in and nodded for him to enter the stall next to his.
Moments later, Garda Seamus Donoghue said, the defendant exited the cabin and approached the undercover Garda, who was washing his hands.
Corolea began masturbating in front of the cloakroom, and when a second plainclothes officer entered the bathroom, the defendant “did not appear to be deterred and continued his act of public masturbation.”
The Garda identified themselves and Corolea was arrested.
He was “completely cooperative and helpful in the investigation,” said Gda Donoghue.
Corolea had no criminal record.
He is married with children but is now separated over the cases, which have caused great upset and harm to the defendant and his family, defense attorney Michael Kelleher said.
His family had stood by him and Corolea felt enormous guilt for what he had done to them.
A condition of his family’s support was that he “get help,” Mr Kelleher said, and a psychological report was presented to the court.
The defendant realized what had happened was “unacceptable”, it had stopped and would not happen again.
He was now working in construction.
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