In the Media

Peeping Tom caught spying on Olympic swimmers

PUBLISHED July 18, 2012

Declan Crosbie, 25, locked himself in a toilet cubicle and when challenged by staff at the centre, initially replied in a woman's voice, a court heard yesterday.

When Crosbie, who has previous convictions for voyeurism and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life in 2009, left the toilet he was found to be "dressed smartly, carrying a rucksack" and "his fly was undone".

Leeds Magistrates Court heard that three members of the Chinese swimming team reported they had seen a man in the changing rooms at The Edge sports centre on the University of Leeds campus last Friday. The venue is one of two in the city playing host to the group.

Karen Williams, prosecuting, said: "At 11.30 in the morning the receptionist at the university sports centre was made aware of a male in the female changing room."

The receptionist, the duty manager and a security guard went down to investigate and found Crosbie in a locked toilet cubicle. Ms Williams said: "When they challenged him he answered in a lady's voice."

When he heard that the police were being called Crosbie, of Leeds, broke free and was only apprehended recently, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence and will be sentenced next month. He remains in custody.

Serial offender Crosbie has previous convictions for peering at women under leisure centre cubicles and was jailed for three years in 2009 after a court heard how he was found inside a house standing over a sleeping woman with her trousers down.