A man sexually assaulted 12 women in in two days – including two aged 13 and 15 – then claimed his crimes were “a political statement” as he did not believe women should wear enticing clothes in public.
On February 12 and 13, Oliver James Smith sexually assaulted females by touching their bottoms whilst riding his bicycle around Swansea, calling them derogatory names as he did so.
The 27-year-old, of Glanbrydan Avenue in Uplands, appeared before Judge Neil Thomas at Swansea Magistrates’ Court from custody where he pleaded guilty to ten counts of sexual assault on a female, and assaulting girls aged 13 and 15 by touching.
Representing himself, Smith said from the dock: “I’m pleading guilty to all charges. I was making a political point. I don’t believe women should wear enticing clothes in public.”
Prosecuting, Diane Williams, appearing via video link, referring to the offences against the two children, said: “The defendant asserts he did not know they were the age they were, but nevertheless, there were complaints.
“Over the two day period, the defendant, riding his bike in various areas of Swansea had ridden behind females and sexually touched their bottoms calling them names like whores.
“He had denied the offences, but has now accepted culpability having been identified through (social) media by people who would have recognised him.
“He seems to say these females deserved it through the manner of their dress. He is effectively punishing them for that.”
Smith told the court he “absolutely did not wish” to do what he did to the girls aged 13 and 15.
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Explaining his behaviour, Smith said: “It was not a sexual thing. I was making a political statement about women wearing leggings or something where you can see their pants. I think it’s a form of sexual harassment around men.
“I approached them on my bike and made a decision in a short period of time. I didn’t know their age – it was a political statement.
“I would have to add I would never do this again after this political statement. I’m not a criminal and there will be no further offences.
“I absolutely did not wish for that bit (touching underage girls) to happen. I’m incredibly sorry that happened.
“They looked much older as they walked down the street. I was riding down the street and did not take time to look at them.
“I’m really sorry about the underage bit. When she shouted ‘paedo’ down the street my heart sank and I fell to pieces. It became something different than I expected.”
Judge Thomas told Smith: “This is serious offending by you against people who have done absolutely nothing wrong.”
Smith has been remanded in custody and will now appear before Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on March 15.