Sex offender behind bars for public acts

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A chronic public masturbator is back behind bars after targeting a woman in a Melbourne adult store and exposing himself on trains.

Registered sex offender Jesse Simm is an ongoing risk of re-offending, say police who opposed his bail application in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old allegedly targeted a woman in a Richmond adult sex store in May, telling her she should be in a pornographic film he was making.

He repeatedly asked her for free pornography and asked why she wouldn't have sex with him, the court heard.

At one point Simm allegedly masturbated while the woman was serving another customer. He's accused of entering the store multiple times on one day, at one point apologising for his previous behaviour.

The staff member got Simm to leave several times by threatening to contact police.

She reported the incidents.

In June, Simm allegedly returned again and told the woman "next time I come back I'm going to f*** you whether you want to or not, and I'm going to take all the panties".

Simm was later arrested outside the shop and charged with offences including directing sexual activity at another, behaving in an offensive manner and failing to comply with reporting obligations.

Police say Simm has an extensive history of similar behaviour including directing sexual activity to another, wilful exposure and behaving in an offensive manner.

They believe Simm appeared to be targeting the woman and she was fearful he knew where she worked.

He's also accused of masturbating in a St Kilda street, a Flinders Street train and a Hawthorn train platform, and exposing himself on a Ringwood train.

The court heard further charges are pending including allegations he stole underwear from a woman's clothesline before later returning and leaving underwear and two used condoms, and confronting a woman with his penis out in a supermarket.

His lawyer Katrina Hartman said Simm wrote a letter to the court discussing his motivation to engage in treatment.

She said interim support including crisis accommodation would be available to Simm if he was placed on bail.

A treatment plan is in place, she said.

Magistrate Kieran Gilligan will hand down his decision on September 1.

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