London: A dwarf who appeared in the `Harry Potter` and `Star Wars` films has escaped a short jail spell for indecently exposing himself to a schoolgirl on a train.
Nicholas Read, 40, sat next to a 17-year-old schoolgirl blocking her exit on a train and performed some indecent acts under a juggler’s hat.
“He placed his hat on his crotch. I saw a movement and I didn’t know whether to believe it,” the Daily Mail quoted the victim as revealing to the court.
“I looked in the reflection of the window and saw his hand moving under the hat. He tried to catch my attention, tilting his hat up, looking at his crotch area and then looking at me a few times,” she added.
The act continued for 30 to 40 minutes of the 55-minute journey to Leicester.
The 17-year-old, after getting off the train, revealed the entire episode to a British Transport Police officer, who in turn arranged for Read to be arrested when he left the train at Sheffield.
Read has received a suspended 20-week jail term and has been told that he would have to be supervised by the Probation Service and undertake a community sex offender group work programme.
He also must pay 500 pounds towards the cost of his prosecution.