Voyeur jailed after filming 12-year-old girl as she dressed

Voyeur jailed after filming 12-year-old girl as she dressed

A MAN from Mirfield has been jailed for more than two years after he used a hidden camera to film a schoolgirl as she was getting dressed.

The 12-year-old victim discovered the camera hidden under a pile of clothing as she was putting her clothes on, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Ian Brook, prosecuting, said that after getting washed the girl had put on underwear and jeans before she realised she was being filmed.

After seizing the camera and trying to delete what it had recorded, she confronted Adam Mitchell, whom she believed was responsible.

In a separate incident, the 28-year-old, of Kings Head Road, had previously touched her in the breast area, over her clothes.

After the girl reported the matter to police, Mitchell’s face was found recorded on the camera from when it had been set up.

The image taken of the girl was at Category C – the lowest level of seriousness.

Representing Mitchell, Caroline Wigin said that he appreciated the seriousness of his actions and accepted responsibility. She said that he was fearful of a custodial sentence but the probation service had indicated they could work with him, which would reduce the risk of any repetition.

Mitchell, who had no previous convictions, was also well-respected by his employers, she added.

Mitchell admitted voyeur-ism, taking an indecent photo and sexual assault.

Recorder Rachael Harrison jailed him for 27 months, saying he was 14 years older than the girl but clearly found her sexually attractive and had acted inappropriately towards her.

The offences had a psychological impact on the girl and there had to be an immediate jail sentence.

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