A SOUTH Tyneside student secretly filmed up women’s skirts in a busy shopping complex.
Scott Dixon, 24, of Dene Terrace, Jarrow, amassed a large archive of seedy films before a shopper spotted him filming up an unsuspecting woman’s skirt in Top Shop, at Eldon Square, Newcastle.
Police stopped Dixon, who was found to have 25 films on his mobile phone.
Officers later discovered Dixon had collected a stash of 40 films, after targeting women with his mobile phone and laptop.
Architecture student Dixon, appearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, pleaded guilty to six counts of outraging public decency, involving seven female victims.
Sarah Robinson, prosecuting, told the court that police searched Dixon’s home after he was stopped by police on August 3 last year, after being tipped off by a female shopper.
She said: “The officer approached the male, who turned out to be the defendant, and told him the allegation that had been made. He admitted being in Top Shop, but denied taking any video or photos.
“The officer then asked to look at his mobile phone, which he agreed to. The officer viewed video on the phone and the defendant was arrested and cautioned.
“His phone was seized and his laptop computer, after a house search.
“Fifteen movies were found on his laptop and 25 on his phone.”
Dixon later admitted taking the videos, saying they were for his own sexual gratification and that he filmed women over three days on his phone and between six and eight weeks on his laptop.
Bert Gibson, defending, told the court Dixon had been under considerable stress at the time of the offences.
He said: “This was an isolated matter.
“He was suffering a trauma and stress because of the work he’s doing.
“He’s a student in the area of architecture on a degree course.
“He has talked to me about being stressed and bullied at school by other pupils, and that seems to have festered to some extent.
“He’s a young man, considerate, courteous and respectful and from a good family. His family are in court supporting him today.”
The court was told Dixon is seeking help for his issues and working with a therapist.
Magistrates adjourned the case until next month for the preparation of pre-sentence reports and Dixon was granted unconditional bail.