Toilet fetish caretakeravoids prison

A MARRIED school caretaker has been ordered to pay £1,400 after admitting using a mobile telephone to fuel his fetish for filming women on the toilet.

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011, 12:45 pm

Father-of-three Damien Foster, 34, set up his mobile into an 18in-tall wire mesh waste basket after letting a visitor into Barmby Moor Primary School while they were alone.

Hull Crown Court heard on Thursday that the woman nipped to the toilet before noticing a flashing blue light in the corner. She got up and walked closer to examine the folds in a black bin liner and was horrified to find a mobile phone which Foster had set up filming her.

Rather than remove the mobile handset she got dressed and went out immediately alerting security who called the police. Crown barrister Philip Evans said: “She went to the lavatory and as she was using it she was disturbed to see directly opposite her, in a waste bin, a blue light emitting. Further investigation revealed a mobile telephone. Quite quickly she came to the conclusion the phone had been set up to film her.”

Mr Evans said she was highly upset. The police were called and they went to arrest him at his home. They confiscated his computer which had 5,000 pornographic images on its hard drive - five were of women using the toilet.

Damien Foster, 34, of Kilnwick Percy Road, Pocklington, pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to a single charge of voyeurism by placing a mobile telephone against a female’s consent for his own sexual gratification.

He initially denied the charge as the phone was never recovered. He told the police his phone was broken and he had tossed it from a car. But he later admitted it was his phone. He was sacked from his job.

Defence barrister John Thackray said: “He is genuinely embarrassed that he has brought shame on his family. He does not challenge the inference he was filming a woman.” He now works as a steel fabricator.

“They know what he has done and are standing by him. He has to support his wife and three children. They have substantial debts. They are managing to get by. They are trying to put this behind them.”

Judge John Dowse told Foster he accepted pictures of women on the loo had been found on his computer: “This shows a fetish. You are 34, you have never been in trouble before. You have committed a nasty offence to this lady. The inference was that you set out to capture her on a mobile phone. That seems to be irresistible, I am told you are full of shame and remorse. I could sentence you to prison, I could suspend it or I could put you on the Northumbria Sex Offenders’ Treatment programme.

“The reason I am not minded to sentence you to prison is that it would be for a comparatively short period of six months. You would be out in a matter of weeks. You will lose your job again and your family would suffer.”

He ordered he should be given a three-year community order with a requirement to attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme and asked that he delete the images from his computer.

He was also ordered to pay £400 compensation to the woman, and £1,000 towards court costs. Foster must sign on the National Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and was given a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He was allowed to walk free, but not before Judge Dowse warned him: “Your victim has suffered emotional harm. Don’t buy another computer and download this again. The police will have the power to look at this and flash media or other storage devices. Make sure you never grace these courts again with your presence.”