Highly-re­spected as­tro­physi­cist filmed up women’s skirts and owned a stash of child porn and a MAN­UAL on how to abuse chil­dren

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - Source: Dai­ly­mail.com

Ahighly-re­spected as­tro­physi­cist has ad­mit­ted a string of sex of­fences, in­clud­ing pos­sess­ing thou­sands of images of chil­dren and own­ing a pae­do­man­ual con­tain­ing tips on how to sex­u­ally abuse chil­dren. Durham Crown Court heard Dr Jeremy Alling­ton-Smith also spent five years film­ing un­sus­pect­ing women in short skirts, and mak­ing movie clips for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion. Po­lice found 688 in­de­cent still and mov­ing images of chil­dren of the worst cat­e­gory, along with a fur­ther col­lec­tion of nearly 2,500 in­de­cent images, in a raid on his home in Durham in Oc­to­ber last year. Of­fi­cers found more than 300 images, made mainly in Durham city cen­tre, of fe­male vic­tims.

The for­mer Durham Univer­sity aca­demic, 59, who has Parkin­son’s Dis­ease and walks with the aid of a stick, pleaded guilty to a to­tal of nine of­fences. He ad­mit­ted down­load­ing the worst cat­e­gory of in­de­cent images of chil­dren, as well as two sim­i­lar charges.

Alling­ton-Smith also ad­mit­ted three charges re­lat­ing to the pos­ses­sion of 1,818 pro­hib­ited images of chil­dren. The lat­ter images in­clude Ja­panese car­toon-type pic­tures and com­puter gen­er­ated images, as well as copies of pic­tures found in a pae­dophile man­ual.

He also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing the man­ual, con­tain­ing ad­vice on how to sex­u­ally abuse chil­dren. And he pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism in July 2013 when, ‘for the pur­poses of sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion’, he recorded a woman do­ing a pri­vate act with­out her knowl­edge.

Alling­ton-Smith fur­ther ad­mit­ted out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency, between Septem­ber 2009 and Septem­ber 2014, for a series of acts of a ‘lewd, ob­scene or dis­gust­ing na­ture’ by tak­ing images up women’s skirts with­out their knowl­edge. He de­nied a tenth count of at­tempt­ing to take in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren in March 2011 - a charge which will be left on file.

Re­fer­ring to a sum­mary of the state’s case, Judge Christo­pher Prince said: ‘There are 360 mov­ing im­age clips taken from a smart phone or small cam­era be­ing held down low as the de­fen­dant walks along the street - al­most ex­clu­sively of young women wear­ing short skirts... in shops or walk­ing up the steps.’

The judge placed Alling­tonSmith on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and ad­journed the case for sen­tenc­ing on Jan­uary 20. The for­mer aca­demic was granted bail with strin­gent con­di­tions on his use of the in­ter­net and he was banned from us­ing any de­vice ca­pa­ble of tak­ing images out­side of his own home.

Dr Jeremy Alling­ton-Smith ad­mit­ted to nine sex of­fences in a hear­ing at Durham Crown Court.

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