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Sex act optician in jail warning

An optician who performed a sex act on himself while giving a 14-year-old girl an eye exam in West Yorkshire has been warned that he could be sent to jail.

John Gill, 36, of Hunters Way, Selby, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child in his shop in Knottingley.

The court heard how Gill committed the act as he tested the girl's vision in the back room of his shop in 2008.

He was also found to have performed a sex act in the window of his shop.

Referring to the possibility Gill could face a prison sentence, Judge Rodney Grant said there were "no promises" about what sentence he would receive.

When I looked at him he didn't have a happy smile, it was a smile like 'I know something you don't'
Gill's victim

Gill was released on conditional bail and will return to Leeds Crown Court in January for sentencing.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, told the court how the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had gone to the Clear Vision opticians to pick up some new contact lenses.

Gill, whose wife works with him in the opticians, had taken the girl into the back room to perform a field test on her vision.

Mr Smith told the court that while the girl had her head in the device used during the exam she became aware of something unusual about Gill's behaviour.

When she turned her head to look at him she saw he had his hand in his trousers, the court heard.

Left scared

The court saw a video of the girl, who is now 16, giving evidence to police in October 2008.

In it, she told a police officer about Gill's body language after she had finished her test on that day.

She said: "When I looked at him he didn't have a happy smile, it was a smile like 'I know something you don't'."

She said she was scared and left the shop after Gill said he needed to check her other eye.

Gill was also found guilty of a second charge of outraging public decency in connection with an incident in 2006.

The court heard how he was spotted performing a sex act while sitting in a chair in the window of his shop by two women who were walking past with their children.

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