A TEENAGE voyeur from Torquay has been given a suspended prison sentence for secretly filming up the skirts of hundreds of women and college students.
Kristoffer Roberts, 19, spent years compiling the images on his mobile phones.
The judge at Exeter Crown Court told him it was a good thing the women had not known their bottoms were being filmed at the time otherwise they would probably have 'sorted him out' on the spot.
Roberts was given a five month jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting outraging public decency, possessing a number of indecent images of children and one of extreme pornography.
Police discovered what Roberts had been up to after his arrest for unrelated matters in March last year.
They found 457 images and 203 film clips of women and college students on two phones.
Prosecutor Janice Eagles said: “Most of the images are in a college setting of women taken using a mobile phone and positioning it so that their buttocks and underwear were recorded and then downloaded to the computer.”
She said it was not possible to identify the women from the pictures.
“But given the college setting some of the women may have been just under 18,” Ms Eagles added.
She said it was clear on investigation that Roberts had taken the images himself rather downloaded them from the internet.
The court was told that the teenager had been convicted of a ‘very similar outrage’ in May 2009 when images of women bending over a freezer in a shop were found on his phone.
He also had convictions for theft and sending indecent or offensive messages.
Paul Dentith, mitigating, said filming started back to 2008 when the defendant was just 14.
He added: “These offences attract comparatively short sentences. This young man needs help and he can’t get it in prison in that length of time.”
Judge Francis Gilbert QC agreed.
He said ‘filming college girls or other teenagers’ bottoms’ was an ‘obnoxious thing to do’.
“But they might not have realised it or they might have sorted him out at the time.
“They are very, very unpleasant offences and they are not looked upon very kindly by any right thinking person.
“Fortunately I assume the people you photographed weren't aware of what you were doing. If they had been it would have been much worse. So you must stop.”
Roberts also admitted having indecent images of children. He possessed 52 at Level 1; two at Level 2; two at Level 3 and two at Level 4 on a scale where 5 is the most serious.
He also admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image of somebody sexually interfering with a corpse.
The court was told Roberts’ mother had provided police with a computer tower and hard drive belonging to her son because she no longer wanted them in the house.
Roberts, of All Saints Road in Torquay, also admitted stealing a laptop from his friend’s house.
He told the judge he was sorry about that ‘mean’ offence.
He was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order stipulating restricted use of mobile phones for seven years; put under two years supervision; told to attend a sexual offenders course and ordered to do 60 unpaid work in the community.