Jail for pervert convicted of filming naked girl in swimming pool changing cubicle
A Bristol man has been jailed for filming a naked youngster on his camera phone.
Police found two low-level clips of the ten-year-old girl changing in a swimming baths cubicle on Ricky Abbott’s Apple iPhone 7.
He said he was prone to “pocket dialling” and the filming was not deliberate.
Abbott, aged 36, of North Street, Downend, pleaded not guilty to voyeurism in March.
A jury of six men and six women found him guilty.
The recorder Mr James Waddington QC jailed him for 26 weeks.
He told Abbott: “You were manipulative and devious at every turn of this case.
“Since the trial concluded you still deny this offence.
“You are an experienced criminal no doubt embarrassed to be found out and convicted for your paedophilic behaviour which reveals a secret interest in children on this occasion.”
Abbott was told to register as a sex offender for seven years and made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop him re-offending.
He told the judge: “It is easier to sit on my bum than do a community order.”
Prosecutor Mark Worsley told a jury police interrogated Abbott’s phone in an unrelated inquiry when they found two clips of the girl in the changing cubicle.
The jury was shown footage of the girl changing into her swimming costume and, an hour-and-a-half later, drying herself and dressing.
The first clip lasted one minute, 44 seconds, and the second clip for three minutes, 57 seconds.
Mr Worsley said: “The clips show that they were taken deliberately.
“The hand holding the phone can be seen adjusting the rake, or the position of the camera.
“The girl was alone in the cubicle and changing.
“She didn’t expect to be the subject of any photography.”
Abbott told police he didn’t wish to see the footage.
He explained he was paranoid about his phone getting wet and always put it below the bench, usually wrapping it in his towel and shorts.
Mr Worsley told the jury: “He said he was always pocket calling.
“He put on his trainers after swimming and he realised the phone was on ‘record’.
“He didn’t seem to appreciate there were two separate clips.
“He said as soon as he saw the phone was on record and what it was recording he deleted it immediately.”