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Genius banker urinated outside Dagenham school

PUBLISHED: 12:56 01 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 11 August 2010

A FORMER banker with a genius IQ who relieved himself in a churchyard in front of mothers collecting schoolchildren has been spared jail.

Thomas Corley, 40 - who was convicted of downloading child porn two years ago - also breached the sex offenders re

A FORMER banker with a 'genius IQ' who relieved himself in a churchyard in front of mothers collecting schoolchildren has been spared jail.

Thomas Corley, 40 - who was convicted of downloading child porn two years ago - also breached the sex offenders' register by failing to notify police about his movements.

Former Barclays International and Prudential worker Corley with an IQ of 171, failed to realise he had an obligation to sign on the register.

He was found by officers with his privates exposed as he urinated outside St Alban Church, Dagenham.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard outraged witnesses called police after spotting Corley spread-eagled at the height of the school run at about 3.30pm on May 22 last year.

Prosecutor Gerard Renouf said: "He was lying on a grass area outside St Alban Church.

"It was at the end of school time and there were children walking past."

When well-spoken Corley was roused by officers outside the Vincent Road church on May 22 last year, he replied: "Oh, for goodness sake."

"He said he had gone out drinking earlier in the day and he had consumed a large amount of alcohol," said Mr Renouf.

Corley was initially charged with exposure after witnesses reported him performing a sex act on himself.

He later admitted outraging public decency by urinating in a public place but insisted there had been no sexual element and a judge gave him a suspended jail sentence in June this year.

Corley also breached the sex offenders' register when he failed to inform police about moving from Burdetts Road, Dagenham, to Leyton, east London, and then to his current address in Soho.

The former banker hit the bottle after being made redundant in 2005, the court heard.

His IQ of 171 - with 140 considered the benchmark for geniuses - qualified him to join the famous society for the highly intelligent.

But in June 2007, he was convicted of 18 counts of making and possessing indecent photographs of children, jailed for six months and ordered to sign the register for 10 years.

Defence barrister Buki Dunbar told the court: "He still requires assistance in respect of his alcohol problem.

"When he starts receiving the alcohol treatment the likelihood of any such mistakes or forgetfulness occurring will be greatly reduced."

The judge, Recorder Robert Rhodes QC, refused to activate his suspended six month jail term for outraging public decency and said: "I accept that this offence, although of public concern, was committed by you not realising you still had this obligation.

"It would be unjust to impose the suspended sentence."

Sentencing Corley to a two-year conditional discharge, the judge added: "Make the most of the opportunity you have been given."

The judge waived an order for court costs against jobless Corley.

Corley, formerly of Burdetts Road, Dagenham, and Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, but now of Newman Street, Soho, central London, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders' register.

He had earlier admitted outraging public decency.


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