Soldier banned from tube after secretly filming up women's skirts
PUBLISHED: 09:31 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:16 11 May 2010
A SOLDIER who was caught filming up women s skirts has been banned from the tube. Married Corporal Darren Preston, 27, of Oxford Close, Bassingbourn, was caught secretly videoing under the women s clothing on the escalators at Kings Cross Station, London.
A SOLDIER who was caught filming up women's skirts has been banned from the tube.
Married Corporal Darren Preston, 27, of Oxford Close, Bassingbourn, was caught secretly videoing under the women's clothing on the escalators at Kings Cross Station, London.
After admitting two acts of outraging public decency on separate women, magistrates banned from using the Tube and from owning or using a camera phone for the next six months.
He now faces a court martial and could lose his job and house.
Westminster Magistrates Court heard that two plain clothes police officers spotted Preston on November 19 last year at the escalators near the main booking hall. He was observed as he stepped onto the escalator very closely behind a woman.
Prosecutor Marisha O'Gunleye said: "He was then seen to film up the skirt of the woman by both officers. He was seen using his mobile telephone up her skirt, clearly without her knowledge and they saw the light was on the phone."
The woman had no idea she was being filmed, the court was told.
Preston was stopped at the top of the escalator, and later admitted filming the woman for 27 seconds but denied having done it before.
Ms O'Gunleye added: "He said he was disgusted with his behaviour and ashamed. Most significantly he said he had never done it before."
District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said the sentence was a light one due to Preston's "positive good character".
"I think this is sufficient not only to mark the gravity but to ensure that it stays in your mind at least for six months and really a lot longer," She said.
Preston was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation to his known victim and £200 in costs.