A SOCCER mascot facing child sex charges told police he was considering committing suicide.
Alan Smith, who dresses up as Accrington Stanley's Stan the Monkey, made the remark after he had been stopped for driving while disqualified.
He was jailed for a month by Hyndburn magistrates after admitting driving while banned and without insurance.
Mr Bernard Horne, defending, said Smith, 50, of Carter Street, Accrington, committed the offences while he was in a very distressed state after the sex charges were made public.
He said that following the charges, which he denies, Smith had lost his job and been dropped as the Stanley mascot.
He then woke up on the morning of 16 February to find the allegations splashed across a local newspaper.
Mr Horne said: "He just got in his car and wanted to get out of town to a place where people did not know him - to get out of the way.
"He told the police when he was stopped that he was considering committing suicide - that is how upset he was.
"It is not the case that he was using his car to go to work or for leisure activities. It was about losing his job and having his name in the papers. It is a very different situation to somebody who knows he is banned and doesn't care."
Smith was also given six penalty points on his licence.
With regard to the child sex offences, he was remanded in custody to re-appear before Hyndburn magistrates on 1 April for a committal hearing.
The charges are:
- Touching of a sexual nature on a girl of 14 on 4 February 2005.
- Touching of a sexual nature on a boy aged 14 between 1 October 2003 and 31 October 2003.
- Removing a girl under 16 from the lawful control of her parents or guardian on 23 November 2004.
- Two counts of touching of a sexual nature on a girl of 14 on 23 November 2004.
- Causing a girl under 16 to watch pornography on 23 November 2004.