Sex offender was caught taking pictures of women’s bottoms and legs at show

Court news.
Court news.

A man was caught taking inappropriate photos of women’s bottoms and legs while attending the Heckington Show, a court heard.

Peter Fox, 61, was confronted by the family of two teenage girls after they noticed him using a camera in a suspicious manner.

On Friday Lincoln Crown Court heard the family alerted security staff at the event after they noticed Fox – of no fixed abode but who previously gave the court an address in Swineshead – apparently pointing a camera at waist height.

The court was told Fox started looking nervous when he was approached by the girls’ mother and claimed he may have taken some photos by accident.

Fox offered to delete any images and hand over his memory card but began to wander off when he was told the family were contacting security.

When police arrived Fox admitted: “I don’t know why I have started again.”

The court heard Fox was placed on the sex offenders register for five years in 2002 for an offence of possessing indecent photos of a child.

Police seized two digital cameras from Fox after his arrest. They were found to contain a number of photos taken of womens’ cleavage, bottoms and legs.

The court was told Fox had spent five weeks in prison since his arrest at the Heckington Show on 27 July, this year.

Sunil Khanna, mitigating, said Fox had become depressed after his wife left him for a fitness instructor.

Mr Khanna added: “Since this he has lost everything.”

Fox admitted doing an act outraging public decency on 27 July.

He was placed under the supervision of a probation officer for three years and must complete a sex offenders treatment course. His cameras will also be destroyed.

Passing sentence Recorder Nigel Daly told him: “This behaviour causes considerable distress to those targeted in this way as I’m sure you gathered when you were confronted.”