Sex pest escapes jail
IPSWICH man James Dundas has escaped jail after being found guilty of videoing a schoolgirl topless without her knowledge.He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in Christchurch Park.
IPSWICH man James Dundas has escaped jail after being found guilty of videoing a schoolgirl topless without her knowledge.
He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in Christchurch Park. The 46-year-old was given a three-year community rehabilitation order after pleading guilty to the offences at Ipswich Crown Court.
Although the victim's parents knew about Dundas' antics, the girl herself is unaware of what happened.
Because of this Judge Peter Thompson issued an order banning the newspapers from revealing his address in case the victim would realise who she is.
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Prosecuting Robert Sadd told the court how Dundas would go out at night to video the schoolgirl while her bedroom light was on and he could see her. Mr Sadd said a number of tapes had been found at Dundas' home.
He said: "From the tapes it was found that the defendant had on numerous occasions filmed young people mainly in Christchurch Park in what could be described as compromising positions. On four occasions after dark he had filmed a girl in her bedroom".
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Defending Hugh Vass said that 46-year-old Dundas was of previously good character.
He said: "the victim does not even know that she was a victim and rightly so, as these things go it is relative innocuous".
However, he said that Dundas did not show much understanding of his crime as he said no real harm had been done as the victim did not know.
Mr Vass added that the images were for Dundas' own gratification and he was not intending to put them on the internet.
On sentencing Dundas, Judge Thompson said: "You pleaded guilty of four separate offences of taking photos of a child. It is a very nasty and serious matter and I would be justified in sending you straight to prison."
However Dundas was given a community rehabilitation order and told to join a sex offenders programme as well as being made to sign the sex offenders' act. He was also ordered to pay £96 court costs.