Ex-Tynwald clerk spared jail for child sex offence
A former clerk of Tynwald who admitted exposing himself to a child has been spared jail.
Thomas St John Neville Bates, 75, was given an eight-month suspended sentence at Douglas Courthouse.
Bates was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
The lawyer had pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency against a child under the age of 16 at an earlier hearing.
The offence took place on 3 July last year.
Handing down the sentence, Deemster Kainth said Bates's actions had been "opportunistic" rather than "premeditated".
In his former role as clerk of Tynwald, Bates served as a legal adviser to the Manx parliament between 1987 and 2001.
The role meant he was secretary to the House of Keys and counsel to the Speaker.