A PERVERT who took secret videos of women and children undressing at a Poole swimming pool has been spared jail for taking indecent images of children.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard on March 26 that IT project manager Sameer Mitter, 35, had admitted four counts of making images and movies of children at levels 1 to 4.
Mitter, of Castle Lane West Bournemouth, also admitted two counts of taking indecent photos of children at the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Poole, and elsewhere in Poole, and two counts of voyeurism at the same locations.
All the offences took place between January 1 and October 31 last year.
Judge Samuel Wiggs imposed a three year community order with a supervision requirement, ordered him to attend a sex offenders course and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order indefinitely.
Back in November last year Mitter also received a three year community order from Bournemouth Magistrates Court after admitting two counts of voyeurism, and the two orders will run concurrently.
Then, the court heard that Mitter had taken pictures of people undressing in the unisex changing area of the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Poole using a camera disguised as a pen.
It was claimed in mitigation that excessive stress from his job at JP Morgan, which he lost as a result of his offences, led him to commit his crimes, and that he had no sexual interest in children.
At the time he told the Daily Echo: “I am really sorry for my behaviour, I didn’t mean to cause anyone any harm, it was like escapism.”
Claude Knights, the CEO of national charity Kidscape which campaigns against child sex abuse, said “firmer action” was required to reflect Mitter’s “abhorrent” crimes.
“Kidscape does not tire of repeating the fact that the creating or taking of indecent images of children is a very serious crime,” he said.
“This offence is repeated every time the picture is viewed.
“A more robust message would also hopefully act as a deterrent to those who are motivated to abuse children and young people.”
Mitter, also listed at an address in Clifford Way, London, also admitted failing to meet the notification requirements of the sex offenders register, which he was ordered to sign for five years.