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Paedophile admits spying on children in Paignton public toilets

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

Preston toilets where Paignton sex offender Giles-Holmes was spying on people through a hole in cubicle wall

Preston toilets where Paignton sex offender Giles-Holmes was spying on people through a hole in cubicle wall

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A SEX offender has admitted spying on a father and his young daughter in a public toilet in Paignton.

Appearing at Exeter Crown Court Michael Giles-Holmes, of Esplanade Road, Paignton, admitted voyeurism and two offences of breaching a sexual offenders prevention order. He is not allowed to access certain social media sites and chatrooms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber.

Giles-Holmes, 73, was caught by a father who had taken his three-year-old daughter to the toilet during the Preston Picnic event on July 13.

He called in police who found Giles-Holmes had been using a hole in the wall of a cubicle in the men's toilets at Preston to spy on people. 

When officers checked his phone they had found he had accessed sites he should not have under his SOPO.

Giles-Homes was ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme as part of a two year community order imposed by Judge Graham Cottle.

He was also made subject of a new SOPO and ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The Judge said as Giles-Homes already spent six weeks in custody it would be better to try and protect the public by treating the sex offender.

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