'Upskirt' PC Kevin Dwyer admits filming up students' skirts

A police officer who made repeated late night trips to film "seedy" upskirt images of young women has admitted voyeurism charges.

PC Kevin Dwyer, 39, used a secret camera to target students who had been drinking, and twice crept up to a window to film a couple having sex.

A search of Dwyer's home uncovered footage taken in takeaways, at taxi ranks and outside night clubs, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer admitted two counts of voyeurism and 10 counts of outraging public decency between 1 October 2013 and 15 May 2014.

Dwyer, of Sunnybank Close, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, was suspended after his arrest in May last year, and is expected to lose his job as a result of his guilty pleas.

'Device in trousers'

Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe told the court Dwyer "seemed to target women wearing high heels, short skirts, short dresses or short shorts".

He would often follow and film women who had been drinking and were vulnerable, Mr Hayhoe said.

After his arrest, police searched Dwyer's computer equipment and found a collection of secret recordings.

Detectives found internet searches for Chester student accommodation, spy cameras and low-light recording techniques.

He had researched for the locations of CCTV cameras in the city, Mr Hayhoe said.

Police also found a recording device in the pocket of his uniform trousers and traced his car making repeated late-night trips to Chester.

'Sad and pathetic'

On one occasion, the court heard, Dwyer claimed to be investigating a crime while wearing his uniform in order to film between one victim's legs.

The court heard he committed the filming offences by using distraction techniques, often pretending to be talking on a mobile telephone.

On other occasions he would engage women in conversation, asking to get past them or suggesting he was a first aider who could assist them when they were intoxicated and had been vomiting.

Patrick Thompson, defending, said Dwyer's behaviour was "sad and pathetic".

"He's brought shame and disgrace to his whole family for some rather pathetic, seedy images," he said.

"This is not normal behaviour. His career is in shreds, of course."

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