Former Warwickshire PC 'took pictures up skirts'

Robert Tedds Robert Tedds had an "exemplary record" of police service and now felt "absolute shame"

A former police constable filmed a naked teenage girl and took pictures up strangers' skirts, a court has heard.

Robert Tedds, 58, who was previously with Warwickshire Police, admitted three charges of making an indecent image of a child.

He also admitted five counts of outraging public decency and was given a three-year community order at Worcester Crown Court.

Tedds had been working in a civilian role when the offences took place.

He retired as an officer in 2011 and had been working with the force's firearms licensing unit when the offences took place, between May and June this year. He had also carried out some driving duties on a part-time basis for senior officers, Warwickshire Police said.

'Financial difficulties'

Prosecuting, William Rickarby said Tedds's offending came to light when a man spotted him taking a picture "up the skirt of one of the customers" at a petrol station in Leamington Spa, on 10 June.

He reported it to staff and a later review of CCTV at the petrol station uncovered five separate occasions when he had taken such pictures, using a mobile phone.

He was questioned and two mobile phones and a computer hard drive were seized.

"On one of the phones, a number of similar images at different locations were found, some of them were also in the back of cars, or in an office environment, while some were on a train," Mr Rickarby said.

An indecent video of the teenage girl, filmed in June and deleted on the same day, was found on the second phone.

In mitigation, Michael Aspinall, said Tedds, of Grange Road, Leamington Spa, had an "exemplary record" of police service and now felt "absolute shame".

All the still images on the phone were classified as the least serious, with no nudity, he said.

He added, after leaving the force following the maximum 32 years' service, Tedds had financial and psychological difficulties and that was his only explanation.

Tedds will have to sign the sex offenders register for five years and attend a community sexual offenders work group. Ten further matters of outraging public decency were taken into consideration.

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