SURVEILLANCE camera images have caught a Maleny man in a compromising sexual act in a residential area.
The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard on Thursday how the 39-year-old half-naked man parked his car at the end of Claymore Rd at Sippy Downs, stepped outside the vehicle and placed an object in his anus.
Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell told the court the 20-minute incident in early December was captured in images by a Sunshine Coast Council camera which was set up to covertly record people illegally dumping rubbish at the end of the road.
"The pictures show the defendant exiting the vehicle and standing outside the vehicle where he could be clearly seen to be naked from the waist down," Snr Const Campbell said.
"A number of photos also show an unidentified member of the public walking through the area when the defendant was sitting in the vehicle with the door fully ajar."
The court heard the Maleny man turned himself into police four months later and during interviews, confessed to performing similar acts in the dunes at Wurtulla Beach.
"The defendant stated he took steps to conceal himself from public view but acknowledged it was an area frequented by members of the public," Snr Const Campbell said. "He admitted the behaviour was not good, not acceptable and that society frowned upon these types of things."
The man pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent acts in a public place.
Defence lawyer Matthew Tutt, of Butler McDermott Lawyers, said his client had been under significant stress at the time and that he was already facing a lengthy internal investigation by his employer.
"These offences don't have the same characteristics of people that are exhibitionists who do it in front of people," Mr Tutt said. "He was under significant stress at the time and he has received medical assistance for that now."
Magistrate Annette Hennessey fined the man $1000. No conviction was recorded.
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