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Secret toilet camera filmed teenage girls at drinking parties

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 21, 2011

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Exeter Crown Court

A tree surgeon set up a secret camera to capture 275 recordings of girls using his bathroom after inviting them into his home for underage drinking parties.

Anthony Shotton, 38, was found with recordings of the girls when police were called to his home to break up noisy teenage parties which got out of hand.

Officers also found a 16-year-old girl in his bed on one visit and a 15-year-old hiding in a cupboard on a second, Exeter Crown Court heard yesterday.

Shotton, of Underhill Road, Torquay, denied 18 counts of voyeurism but was found guilty. He had already admitted possessing an indecent image of a child.

Judge Graham Cottle ordered him to take part in a sex offenders’ programme as part of a three-year community order and pay £500 costs.

The judge said he was concerned about sending Shotton on the course because he was still in denial and warned him he would be jailed if he did not cooperate.

He said:”You quite deliberately rigged up in your lavatory a camera so you could view images of teenaged girls using it. There is no other explanation for it.

“It doesn’t quite stop at that. The evidence reveals you have an unhealthy interest in teenaged girls and at times there were well over a dozen in your flat.

“They were lured there by you as you were prepared to buy them alcohol and allow them to drink although there are no complaints of sexual offences being committed by you or allegations of improper behaviour. If there was, the situation would be very different.” He said Shotton’s explanation that he was trying to identify boys who vandalised his toilet, was ‘laughable’.

David Gittins, prosecuting, said Shotton came to the attention of the police because of the large number of young people going to his flat.

He was eventually served with an order prohibiting him from having those under 16 on the premises but police called on two further occasions and found girls aged 15 and 16, fully clothed, one hiding in his bed and another in a cupboard.

He said officers also recovered the DVDs taken with a spy camera fitted in his bathroom which included 279 recordings of which all but four showed girls.

Paul Dentith, defending, said Shotton had started off by inviting two young people to his flat but they had then drawn in their friends and the situation mushroomed to the point where he himself had to call the police to get rid of them. He said Shotton was a fragile character who had been seen by the youngsters as a ‘pushover’ .

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