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A care worker is facing jail for taking a picture of an elderly patient's private parts.

Mandy Polson, from Falkirk, has admitted photographing the 91-year-old man in a toilet at the New Carron Nursing Home where she worked.

The 23-year-old used her mobile phone to take a snap of her victim, who had had a stroke, could not walk and suffered from dementia.

She will be sentenced next month after reports into her background.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard Polson took the picture between 25 February and 11 March this year, intending to show the image to her boyfriend.

It was stupid
Mandy Polson

She later showed the picture to a female colleague, who was so alarmed she contacted the police.

Polson, who no longer works in the care industry, confessed to taking the photo when questioned by police.

She said "It was stupid."

In court, Polson pled guilty to conducting herself in a disorderly manner at the home, taking a digital photograph of the man's private parts without his knowledge or consent and committing a breach of the peace.

Prosecutors claimed there was "a sexual element" to the offence, which was denied by Polson,

Her solicitor, Mike Lowrie added: "It was an unpleasant, badly thought out and stupid thing to do, which Miss Polson is paying the penalty for, but there is nothing to suggest she took it for any sexual reason.

"It would seem unusual that a 23-year-old girl would take a picture of an old man's genitalia for sexual gratification."

Sheriff Neil Mackinnon deferred sentence for reports.

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