09:00AM, Thursday 11 October 2012
A pervert who filmed up women's skirts at Sainsbury's in Taplow has been sentenced.
Secret supermarket snapper Timothy Cordell, of Rushington Avenue, Maidenhead, appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of committing an act outraging public decency.
The court heard how the 56-year-old businessman was spotted acting strangely in Sainsbury's on December 19.
He was stopped and searched and a camera was found inside a medicine tablet box in his basket.
Cordell had been using the secret camera, propped up in the basket by a bottle of milk, to film underneath the skirts and dresses of female shoppers.
His house was searched and one USB stick was found with 48 indecent images of children, a second containing 639 images, and a laptop with 675 images and three videos.
All were of children aged 13-16 and level one seriousness, the least indecent of five levels. There was also one more serious level two video on the laptop.
Cordell pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
The court heard he was a family man of previous good character who was 'humiliated' by what he had done.
Judge Zoe Smith said the supermarket victims were probably not aware they had been filmed but it was 'nevertheless a gross invasion into someone else's privacy'.
Cordell must attend the Thames Valley sexual offender group programme for three years.
He will be on the sexual offenders register for five years, and a five-year sexual offences prevention order means risk management software will be installed on his computer equipment.
He was ordered to pay costs of £500.
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