Man had secretly taken photos up women's skirts since age of 14, court hears
A teenager took 660 secret mobile phone photographs up girls’ skirts without any of them realising what he was doing.
Kristoffer Roberts spent five years compiling a huge collection of images on three different mobile phones and even filmed female shoppers as they leaned into freezers at supermarkets.
He was sent on a sex offenders course after a judge branded his behaviour obnoxious and offensive.
Roberts, 19, of All Saints Road, Torquay, admitted two offences of outraging public decency and an unrelated burglary in which he stole a friend’s laptop.
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He admitted taking 314 still and 174 moving images between April and December 2011 and 143 still and 29 moving images between February and April this year.
He also admitted five offences of making or possessing a total of 60 indecent images of children, including some showing adults having sexual activity with children, and one of possessing extreme pornography.
He was jailed for four months, suspended for two years at Exeter Crown Court and ordered to do 60 hours unpaid community work, and to go on a sex offenders’ treatment programme as part of two years supervision.
The three mobile phones he used were also forfeited and he was made subject to a seven-year Sex Offences Prevention Order which allows police to examine his phone at any time.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him: ”This was an obnoxious thing to do, going around filming college girls’ and other teenaged girls’ bottoms under their skirts.
“It is better for the public for you to receive treatment and have something hanging over you than to go straight to custody.
“These were very, very unpleasant offences which will not be looked upon very kindly by any right thinking person.
“Fortunately those you photographed were not aware of what you were doing. If they had been it would have been much more serious. You must stop all such conduct or you will serve this sentence.”
Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Roberts’ phones were seized and examined by police after his behaviour aroused suspicion and the images were found three mobiles. The child pornography was found on his computer.
He had previously been cautioned in 2008 when he was just 14 for identical behaviour after being caught snapping women shoppers as they bent over supermarket freezers.
Paul Dentith, defending, said Roberts accepted he was in need of help and treatment which he would not receive in jail.