Man filmed girls’ bot­toms in shop

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW - PAUL BRIT­TON

AMAN who fol­lowed two sis­ters around Sains­bury’s and took mo­bile phone pic­tures of their bot­toms has been spared jail.

De­spite claims in court that his of­fence wasn’t sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated, Paul Chap­man, from Poyn­ton, was sub­jected to a Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der to pro­tect the pub­lic.

The girls were in Sains­bury’s in Sale when they were fol­lowed in­side from the car park by Chap­man, 45.

Manchester mag­is­trates’ court was told that their fa­ther grew sus­pi­cious and alerted se­cu­rity guards, who in turn con­tacted the po­lice. The court heard Chap­man was spot­ted hold­ing his mo­bile at an ‘un­usual an­gle’ be­hind the girls as he fol­lowed them.

“He had his phone held in such a way that he was film­ing them or tak­ing pho­to­graphs of them,” said pros­e­cu­tor Ni­cola Yeadon.

Manchester mag­is­trates said they had ‘sub­stan­tial grounds’ to im­pose a Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der for five years, adding that it was ‘pro­por­tion­ate and nec­es­sary’.

Among other terms of the or­der, Chap­man is not al­lowed to take pho­to­graphs or film on trains or in places of work or take any photo im­age of a per­son aged un­der-18, bar­ring named fam­ily mem­bers and their as­so­ciates.

Chap­man, from Clif­ford Road in Poyn­ton, was de­tained by se­cu­rity in the store on May 26 last year.

Po­lice at­tended and seized his phone.

The court heard ‘ var­i­ous im­ages’ of the two girls were found on his phone ‘ with a fo­cus on their bot­toms’. Ms Yeadon said im­ages of other women ‘ and their lower halves’ were also dis­cov­ered on Chap­man’s phone. They had been taken on trains and in an office en­vi­ron­ment, the court was told.

Chap­man, who was ar­rested at the store, pleaded guilty to an act of out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency by tak­ing pho­to­graphs on a mo­bile phone of the bot­toms of young girls.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment, one of the girls said: “The whole thing has made me more aware that there are peo­ple like that.

“It is not fair that you can­not go in a shop with peo­ple do­ing things like this.”

Her sis­ter said it made her feel like she couldn’t en­ter su­per­mar­kets any- more. She added in her state­ment: “It has made my anx­i­ety worse. It has made me not trust men.”

Max Saffman, de­fend­ing, said the of­fence wasn’t sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated and there was a de­nial of sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion and mo­ti­va­tion by Chap­man. Mr Saffman said: “He suf­fers from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. He was con­stantly mess­ing around with his phone. He de­nies any sex­ual mo­ti­va­tion or grat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

The court heard he has lost his job and the case has had a ‘con­sid­er­able im­pact’ on his fam­ily.

Chap­man, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was also sen­tenced to a three­year com­mu­nity or­der with a 60-day pe­riod of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion with the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice, where he will at­tend tai­lored cour­ses. He was or­dered to pay £100 costs and £75 com­pen­sa­tion each to his vic­tims.

Paul Chap­man

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