Man consumed by perverted lust filmed girl (11) in toilets
A Moulton Seas End voyeur who hid his mobile phone in a bathroom to spy on an 11-year-old girl has been spared jail.
Matthew Creese (33), of Eastfield, and formerly of Clough Road, Gosberton Risegate, hid his phone behind a pot plant when he was visiting a house in Clacton. As he sentenced Creese, the judge said Creese was consumed by “perverted lust” and referred to his “grubby camera”.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard the girl quickly realised the mobile was there and recording her as she got ready for bed and immediately deleted the video.
But the phone still had a clip of Creese setting it up in a position where it would record the toilet, the court heard.
She immediately told her mother and, after a “rumpus”, Creese left, but police had been alerted of his car registration and he was stopped.
On his phone, police also found a series of clips, some lasting up to four minutes, of recordings of women’s bottoms in various shops and supermarkets.
Prosecutor Kate Davy said Creese was holding the phone surreptiously either low down or on the handle of his basket as he walked behind women aged 18-30 wearing tight jeans.
In addition, the mobile had an image of extreme pornography showing a sexual encounter with a Labrador.
Creese pleaded guilty to the offence of possessing extreme porn between 6 November 2016 and 16 March 2017 and voyeurism on 15 April 2017.
The filming in shops was not charged as an offence but was described by the prosecution as “relevant and of concern”.
Judge David Turner QC said Creese “deserved immediate punishment” of prison, but the length of sentence he could expect would not be long enough to receive professional help.
Instead, he imposed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, with a requirement Creese attends a sex offenders’ programme and undertakes 20 days of rehabilitation activity, plus he will have to sign the sex offenders’ register. Both of those orders will last for seven years.
The judge also ordered him to pay £1,200 towards the cost of his trial as he changed his plea to guilty to voyeurism on the first day of the hearing.
In addition, Creese was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which prevents him filming or having contact with children under 16. He is estranged from his partner.
Judge Turner told him as he passed sentence : “You planned what you were going to do, even if it arose spontaneously in your rather perverted mind. A child was targeted and recorded.
"There were a number of recordings in your grubby mobile phone.”
He added: “You were consumed by some sort of perverted lust.”