Sex of­fender filmed up skirts

Videos found dat­ing back to 2012

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A 54-year-old ‘ca­reer sex of­fender’ covertly filmed up the skirts of dozens of women on Lon­don pub­lic trans­port .

Keith Richard­son, of York Street, in Gateshead, near New­cas­tle, was sen­tenced at Black­fri­ars Crown Court on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 2 af­ter he was caught film­ing up a woman’s skirt on a train from Sh­effield to St Pan­cras.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic spot­ted Richard­son with a cam­era and po­lice were called to the scene where he was ar­rested.

Richard­son’s phone was seized and his house was searched, which re­sulted in the seizure of his com­puter and hard drive.

Of­fi­cers found more than 280 videos of women be­ing filmed, and 32 videos were found where Richard­son covertly filmed up women’s skirts on pub­lic trans­port, dat­ing back to 2012.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer PC Robert Brent with the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said: “Richard­son was a ca­reer sex­ual of­fender and over the course of four years he covertly recorded mul­ti­ple women.

“All of his ma­te­rial has now been seized.

“No one should be sub­ject to un­wel­come sex­ual be­hav­iour on the rail net­work and we will do ev­ery­thing in our power to find those re­spon­si­ble and, as in Richard­son’s case, bring them be­fore the courts.

“Our Re­port it Stop it cam­paign, which aims to com­bat un­wanted sex­ual be­hav­iour on the rail­way by en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port it, is prov­ing very suc­cess­ful in sup­port­ing vic­tims and bring­ing per­pe­tra­tors of these crimes to jus­tice.”

Richard­son was sen­tenced to nine months in prison, which was sus­pended for 24 months.

He was given an 18 month com­mu­nity or­der, a cur­few be­tween 9pm and 7am which will be elec­tron­i­cally mon­i­tored for two months and a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment for 30 days.

A sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der was also put in place.

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