Sun Lane pool voyeur took a picture to “spice up boring life”

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A voyeur who tried to take a picture of a naked woman in the changing rooms at Sun Lane swimming baths did it to “spice up a boring life”.

Adam George Sellers, 23, was caught after a 20-year-old woman saw him angling a digital camera under her cubicle as she was getting changed last summer.

Sellers, who admitted voyeurism, was sentenced on Tuesday to a 36-month community order and put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

City magistrates heard how the woman was in a private cubicle in the unisex changing area on June 24.

Prosecutor Karen Medley said the victim was in a state of complete undress when she received a call on her mobile.

She looked down and saw the person in the next cubicle with a digital camera.

Mrs Medley said the young woman shouted out and the camera was quickly taken away.

Sellers was detained at the scene. The camera, a mobile phone and a USB stick were seized from him.

Police found a picture of the woman’s foot and her towel.

Sellers, of Castleford Road, Normanton, initially claimed the camera had fallen out of his belongings and he had knelt down to pick it up to check it. He denied taking any photos at all.

But he pleaded guilty earlier this month to voyeurism.

Emma Covington, mitigating, said: “On this date in question he foolishly took the photo. As you have heard it wasn’t a particularly sophisticated photo and he only got a photo of the foot.”

The court heard how Sellers was a lonely young man who doesn’t have a great deal of a social life.

Sellers told a probation officer how “he took the pictures to spice up a boring life, really”.

The probation officer said Sellers realised he had “crossed the line” by taking a picture of a woman who may well have been unclothed.

Magistrates heard Sellers was of previous good character and had done voluntary work for Wakefield Hospice and the Able Project.

He has a degree in animal management but couldn’t find paid employment. Sellers said he “was very down and not thinking straight”.

As well as the three-year community order, which includes supervision and 60-day activity requirements, Sellers must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.