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Man sentenced for swimmer video

A man with a website devoted to Spandex-clad women has been given a 28-week suspended jail term after secretly filming female swimmers.

Michael Matthews, 40, filmed participants at a gala in Sheffield's Pond Forge International Sports Centre.

A fellow commuter noticed Matthews watching the footage on his laptop on a train to London and told police.

Matthews, of Tamarisk Road, South Ockenden, Essex, admitted one offence of outraging public decency.

Prosecuting at Southwark Crown Court, Peter Zinner explained how Matthews was caught looking at the images.

'Distressed and violated'

He said: "Unfortunately for him another member of the public was able to use the reflection of an adjacent window to see Matthews use what he believed was a laptop to view them.

"There appeared to be indecent images of children on moving footage which showed the maker... had zoomed in on genitals, breasts and buttock areas of young people at a swimming pool."

The swimmers involved were later identified as aged over 18.

They were spoken to and although until then "completely unaware" of what happened, said they felt "distressed and violated", the court heard.

A search of Matthews' home uncovered a makeshift studio with lighting and other equipment and more than 600 pornographic films.

Mr Zinner said: "It all appeared to be consistent with the copying and making of porn material, some commercial, some home-made."

Evidence was also found on Matthews' website, devoted to "skin-tight Spandex", the court heard.

Matthews, who is unemployed, was given a 24-month supervision order, ordered to attend a sex offenders' rehabilitation course, banned from public swimming pools until 2012 and ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs.



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