Man who filmed five-year-old in supermarket sentenced

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Alan Forrest was put on the sex offenders' register at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

A man who admitted using his mobile phone to film a five-year-old girl he followed around a supermarket has been placed on probation.

Alan Forrest, 36, from Edinburgh, was spotted with his phone at waist height and was reported to a security guard by the child's father.

The incident, which happened on 19 August 2010, was captured by CCTV cameras.

Forrest was given three years probation and put on the sex offenders register.

The young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been wearing her school uniform for the first time, during a visit to the Asda store with her father.

'Stupid things'

He alerted staff after spotting Forrest with his phone.

They then contacted police.

Fiscal depute Malcolm Stewart said: "Police arrived and took possession of two mobile phones from his property.

"He was interviewed about it and he accepted going into the store.

"When asked why he filmed a five-year-old girl he said: 'I don't know I just do stupid things, maybe fantasy or something, obviously I'd never harm anyone'."

The fiscal added that Forrest was also asked how often he did this and he said probably about once a week.

Police examined his phone but the images had been deleted.

Forrest, of Bingham Crossway, Edinburgh, admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner, following and videoing the girl on his phone and committing a breach of the peace.

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