Twisted child-fetish babysitter filmed 5-year-old taking off babygros and was caught with a room full of prams, buggies and dummies
A BABYSITTER asked a five-year-old girl he was looking after to put on a nappy and baby grow, then filmed her taking them off.
Daniel Flinter’s twisted actions were exposed when the video was discovered on his mobile phone.
Police seized the phone and a search of his home discovered his bedroom was full of prams, buggies, dummies and teddies.
Flinter, 31, was babysitting a friend’s daughter and took with him the nappy and baby-gro, which he asked the child to put on.
At Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Flinter avoided being placed on the sex offenders’ register but had restrictions placed on his contact with children.
Sentencing had been deferred for months as experts were consulted in an effort to discover whether Flinter’s actions were sexually motivated.
Flinter, of Manse Place, Inverkeithing, previously admitted that on April 15 at an address in Dunfermline, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by causing a five-year-old female child, then in his care, to put on a baby-grow and nappy over her clothing and video record her removing them.
The sentencing had been deferred for various investigations into his behaviour, the latest being an 18-page psychologist report.
Defence solicitor Jonathan Matheson-Dear said: “The view in the report is that it’s not possible to state definitively if the offence was sexually motivated. It is not able to pinpoint a difficulty.”
He said his client maintained his position that there was no sexual motivation.
“There was no physical contact with the child when the child was persuaded to don the items which he had brought with him,” added the solicitor.
Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said: “A search was carried out of his home by police and from what was found he clearly has a fetish. His bedroom was full of prams, buggies, teddies, dummies and comforters.”
Police had also discovered the accused liked to drink milk from a baby’s bottle.
Mr Matheson-Dear said: “Not every act of bizarre conduct is sexually motivated. His court appearances have led to extreme anxiety.”
Sheriff Charles Macnair said: “Whether there’s a sexual element or not, the impact on the child should not be under-estimated when she may find out what happened to her in a few years’ time.”
He told Flinter: “This was bizarre behaviour on your part. Whatever your own issues that’s a matter for you – what you do in your own bedroom.
“When you inflict that on others, particularly a child, it becomes a matter of public concern.”
Sheriff Macnair imposed a community payback order with three years’ supervision and 170 hours of unpaid work.
The sheriff did not place Flinter on the sex offenders’ register but imposed restrictions on his conduct with children.
He cannot have contact with under-16s unless he is accompanied by someone older than him who is aware of the nature of the offence.