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CPS authorises indecent exposure charges against Wayne Couzens

|News, Sexual offences

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police, the CPS has authorised four charges of indecent exposure against Wayne Couzens.

“The four alleged offences took place between January and February 2021.

“He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 13 April.

“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

“Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant's right to a fair trial.”

Media advisory:

Previous news reports have included information about the location of the offences. Media should take legal advice but are reminded that complainants in sexual offence matters have lifelong anonymity, and matters that may identify them include, their name, address, identity of school or educational establishment, identity of place of work, and any still or moving image.

Notes to editors

  • Wayne Couzens [DOB: 20/12/1972] is charged with: 
    • Between 22 January 2021 and 1 February 2021 intentionally exposed his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm and distress
    • Between 30 January 2021 and 6 February 2021 intentionally exposed his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm and distress
    • On 14 February 2021 intentionally exposed his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm and distress
    • On 27 February 2021 intentionally exposed his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm and distress
  • The CPS Special Crime Division deals with the most complex and sensitive cases in England and Wales including disasters, serious criminal allegations against police officers, corporate manslaughter and election offences.

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