A Scots charity shop boss has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a vulnerable customer by licking his hand and saying ‘let’s see your wi**y’.
Peter Martini-Yates worked as a manager at the Debra store in Dunfermline, Fife, when he made the sordid remarks between March and October in 2019.
The 55-year-old, who called himself ‘Aunty Peter’, came to know the young man after he regularly visited the store along with his girlfriend.
A trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told how Martini-Yates called the 18-year-old a “p****-fart” on one occasion.
The witness, who has learning difficulties, said he did not know what the word meant until he asked his dad.
The now 20-year-old said matters came to a head when Martini-Yates tried to lick his hand.
He then said: “Let’s see your wi**y”. When the customer was leaving, the manager said: “No sex then?”
Asked how he felt afterwards, the man said: “It was playing with my dignity. I was embarrassed to tell my partner and my family.”
He had reported the incident to the charity’s area manager, Michelle Scott.
Mrs Scott, 59, told the court she was phoned by the customer and was “quite shocked” by what she heard.
When she confronted Martini-Yates with the allegations the following week he admitted to making the “wi**y” comment.
She added, “He was mortified and said, ‘That’s bad, isn’t it?’ He couldn’t say why he’d done it.”
He denied making the “no sex” comment but was suspended from his job and later dismissed.
A jury also found Martini-Yates guilty of showing a porn video to a second young man before masturbating in front of the volunteer.
The offence took place between November 1 and December 2015 while he was employed at Sense Scotland in Dunfermline.
The mother of the worker, who also has additional support needs, said he had told her of the incident the day it happened and described him as being “agitated”.
Former volunteer Mandy Clark, 59, said she had concerns about Martini-Yates asking a young male volunteer to kiss him at the end of each shift.
Another former shop worker Joyce Brown, 66, described Martini-Yates as a “flamboyant and sometimes over-the-top” character who would regularly talk about masturbation and make jokes about a young worker’s penis in the shop.
In his evidence, Martini-Yates accused both young men of telling lies in court.
He claimed the “wi**y” comment was meant as a joke and that he had not tried to lick the man’s hand. He said he had simply taken hold of his hand to look at his ring.
He denied making the “no sex” comment and said that nothing happened in the basement with the volunteer.
Sheriff Charles Macnair called for reports and bail was continued.
Martini-Yates was put on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced on November 18.
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