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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Sentence delay for Cumbrian sex offender

The sentencing of a Cockermouth sex offender who made indecent videos of women without their knowledge has been delayed.

Dale Leslie Moore, 41, of Sunscales Avenue, was due to be sentenced at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court yesterday for filming a woman as she got changed at Cockermouth Leisure Centre and filming up women’s skirts in Sainsbury’s in the town.

He had previously admitted one count of outraging public decency between July 6 and August 9 and one count of committing voyeurism between May 23 and September 28.

Jane Mackrill, prosecuting, told the court that one of Moore’s victims was changing after swimming at the leisure centre when someone in the next cubicle pushed a rucksack under the partition containing a mobile phone with the lens facing up.

She later reported what had happened to centre management, police were called and Moore was identified.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said she felt violated and distressed by Moore’s invasion of her personal space.

She now has to force herself to use the leisure centre.

Mrs Mackrill said: “She can’t go back and erase what he has done to her and she’ll carry it for the rest of her life. In any situation where she has to be undressed she is very nervous.”

At Sainsbury’s, the court heard, Moore set his phone to record and put it in his shopping basket, which he put on the floor to film up women’s skirts.

The court heard that Moore gave a full and frank admission of his crimes to police.

He told police he used the images for his own gratification.

Although Moore has pleaded guilty to the charges, his solicitor, David Purcell, told District Judge Gerald Chalk there was disagreement between the basis of his plea and some details of the prosecution’s case.

The case has been adjourned until November 22 for a hearing to resolve the issues.

Moore was bailed on condition that he does not enter any leisure centre or supermarket or possess any portable recording equipment.

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