A 59-year-old man who asked two teenage girls if they wanted to have sex with him told them “I’m not too old”.
John Murphy approached the 14-year-olds in a McDonald’s restaurant on Perth’s Dunkeld Road in September.
Murphy, who was carrying a stick at the time, was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
At Perth Sheriff Court, Sheriff Keith O’Mahoney placed Murphy on the sex offenders register for 18 months.
Depute fiscal Mairi Graham said: “The accused was asking teenagers aged 14 for sex – he wasn’t saying he was lonely, it was sex. He added ‘I’m not too old’.
“It was aggravated by the fact he was carrying a metal pole – a walking stick.”
Solicitor Rebecca McKnight, defending, said: “Mr Murphy does have alcohol problems and they are ongoing.
“He does accept he said what he said to the girls but he doesn’t accept there was any maliciousness behind it.”
Sentencing Murphy, Sheriff O’Mahoney said the incident must have been “frightening” for the girls.
In addition to the sex offenders notification requirement, he also placed Murphy on a supervision order and ordered that he receive treatment for his alcohol issues.
Murphy, of Ballantine Place, Perth, admitted acting in a threatening and abusive manner by approaching a group of teenage girls whilst in possession of a metal pole and asking two of them if they wanted to have sex with him at McDonald’s, Dunkeld Road, on September 25.