Sainsbury’s worker took upskirt photos of schoolgirl and filmed in women’s loo

A Sainsbury's worker took upskirt photos of a schoolgirl and set up a camera in the staff toilet to film his female co-workers.

Alex O'Halloran, 32, was caught on CCTV taking the image of the girl, who was in her school uniform at the time, on the shop floor and was also reported by another customer who saw the incident.

When he was arrested, police seized his phone and computer and found 388 indecent images, including more upskirt photos, on the devices.

They also discovered three videos, each 30 minutes in length, taken from a hidden device in the staff toilets of the Sainsbury's in Twickenham, south west London, and 16 indecent videos of children which were described as being Category C.

O'Halloran, of Croydon, south London, pleaded guilty to two counts of outraging public decency, one count of voyeurism and one count of taking indecent photographs of children at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today on Friday.

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Prosecutor Trevor Green said: "From the outset, we would submit it's not suitable for summary trial and should be dealt with by the crown court due to the nature and seriousness of the offences, under the sentencing guidelines and options available to the crown court."

He went on: "The facts are on the 18 July 2019 an individual walks into Sainsbury's.

"The witness sees the defendant dressed in Sainsbury's uniform use a phone to take a photo up the skirt of a girl in school uniform.

"His phone and computer were seized, the content downloaded and that resulted in the following charges.

"In relation to voyeurism, three separate videos were found, approximately 30 minutes in length, in the staff toilets in Sainsbury's.

"The recording device is behind the toilet. The videos start off showing an empty toilet."

He added: "The victims can be seen removing their trousers and underwear and sit down using the toilet. The victims appear to be female."

The prosecutor said 388 upskirting photographs of women were also found on the devices.

Chair of the bench Helen Jones said: "We don't consider this suitable to be sentenced in the Magistrates' Court.

"You have been convicted having pleaded guilty of a sexual offence, you need to report within three days to a police station."

O'Halloran was bailed and will appear for sentencing at Kingston Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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