August 2019

Sex offender filmed young girls secretly at Tesco in Duloch

A pervert has been put on the sex offenders’ register after secretly filming young girls at a Tesco supermarket over a period of more than a year.

Neil Ross also downloaded indecent images of girls as young as five.

Ross, 46, formerly of Humbie Terrace, Aberdour, now of Ogilvie Place, Tayport, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on various occasions between May 19, 2017, and July 4, 2018, at Tesco, Calais Farm Road, Duloch, Dunfermline, he used his mobile phone to video-record females and female children, focusing on their lower bodies, without their knowledge or consent and committed a breach of the peace.

He also admitted that between April 10 and August 1, 2018, at his home in Aberdour, he downloaded indecent images of children.

Depute fiscal Kavin Ryan-Hume told the court that, acting on intelligence received, police executed a search warrant at Ross’ home.

There were other family members there when the raid took place and Ross told officers: “I’ll save you a lot of time. It’s me you’re looking for.”

Interrogation of Ross’ mobile phone found indecent images of girls aged from five to eight.

Also found were videos which had been filmed secretly of girls and women in Tesco.

“These focused on their bottoms and legs and were taken without their knowledge,” added the depute.

Defence solicitor Peter Robertson said: “There is no explanation to put forward at this time.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and put Ross on the sex offenders’ register. He will return to court for sentencing on September 18.