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