Retired headteacher from India asked a 12-year-old boy in Gloucester Park to practice sex, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
RETIRED Indian school headteacher Manohar Patil asked a 12-year-old boy in a playground to "practise sex" with him, a court heard.
The shocked boy ran home to tell his parents after being propositioned in Gloucester Park by the 68-year-old, the city crown court was told.
Patil, a respected figure in his home country, was on a visit to the UK to see his son in Gloucester when he called the boy over and when he refused, he told him "come next to me and we will practice sex".
Prosecutor David Scott said the boy was frightened and told Patil he had to go. The parents went straight to the park after their son told them what had happened, they found Patil sitting on a bench and surrounded by children.
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"He seemed to be swapping phone numbers with them and, for want of a better expression, was 'being down with the kids'," Mr Scott said.
The parents asked Patil if he had said what the boy alleged and he confirmed he had. Patil told the mother: "You have a lovely boy." The parents called police and he was arrested but Patil denied the allegations, saying it had all been a misunderstanding.
Patil, who has been living with his son in Abbeymead, pleaded guilty to an act of outraging public decency on June 25 last year.
After hearing that he has booked a flight home to India for tomorrow, Recorder Michael de Navarro QC conditionally discharged him for a year.
Steve Young, defending, said Patil had intended to stay two to three months in the UK but because of his arrest, his passport had been seized and he had to remain here until now.
Patil was in poor physical health and suffers anxiety attacks, he added. He could not offer any explanation for the way he had behaved.
Recorder de Navarro said he was prepared to deal with Patil on the basis it was a one-off offence.