A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced for taking photographs of naked women in swimming poool changing rooms in Wakefield.
Adam George Sellers, 23, was caught when his victim spotted a digital camera angled under her cubicleat the Sun Lane pool.
Wakefield Magistrates sentenced Sellers to a 36-month community order for voyeurism, He must also complete three years of supervision and 60 contact sessions with the Probation Service.
He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Sellers, of Castleford Road, Normanton, must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Wakefield Magistrates heard how Sellers told a probation officer how “he took the pictures to spice up a boring life, really.”
The court heard how Sellers was a lonely young man who doesn’t have a great deal of a social life.
At an earlier hearing prosecutor Martin Sleight told how a 20-year-old woman had been for a swim on June 24 and was in the process of getting dried in a cubicle in unisex changing area.
City magistrates heard how she received a telephone call on her mobile and she answered the phone. At that point she was completely naked and looked down.
Mr Sleight said: “The person in the cubicle adjacent to hers was holding a digital camera underneath. She saw the lens of the camera was angled towards her and the defendant’s thumb was on the top of the camera.”
The victim swore and the camera was quickly withdrawn. She got dressed quickly and raised the alarm.
Sellers was arrested at the scene by police who seized his camera, mobile phone, and a USB. Police found it contained a picture of the woman’s foot and her towel.
The court heard how the incident had left the woman feeling angry.
Sellers, of Castleford Road, Normanton admitted voyeurism.
The court heard how the defendant had attempted deleting the image in a panic. He had spent a significant period of time in custody and initially denied the offence.
There was some suggestion he could have received a police caution but had found himself in court by denying it.
The court heard Sellers was of previous good character.