Disturbed elderly man has county prosecutors at a loss 

What to do with a dirty old man?

A teenage girl said she punched one particularly disturbed 74-year-old man in the kisser after he allegedly demanded a smooch from her at a bus stop in South San Francisco recently, prosecutors said.

Conway Phillips — who only weeks before had been in jail for pulling his pants down and spanking himself in front of cars on a busy Atherton roadway in May — allegedly asked the 15-year-old what her name was, “told her she was pretty,” and then asked for a kiss at the bus stop at Maple and Grand avenues June 14, prosecutors said.

Phillips allegedly grabbed the girl’s arm and wouldn’t let go, prosecutors said, until she “punched him in the face and ran away.”

The “old pervert” is set for a pretrial conference in a San Mateo County courtroom today, where prosecutors said this question will be posed: “What do you do with a 74-year-old man at this stage?”

“He does not have a history of rape or child molestation,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. “But he clearly has a major psychiatric problem.”

Phillips has been convicted of indecent exposure several times, including once in 2003. Before his encounter with the teenager in June, he spent 37 days in jail for a May incident in which he spanked his bare buttocks on Middlefield Road in Atherton, a “fairly well-traveled road,” Wagstaffe said. He had been on probation for failing to register as a sex offender for the previous indecent exposure conviction, Wagstaffe said.

He could face a maximum 3-year, 8-month jail sentence for the latest offense, depending on a ruling about his mental state, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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