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Police officer denies secretly filming young girl for sexual gratification; 'SCARED YOUNGSTER FOUND MOBILE PHONE RECORDING HER ON SHELF IN BEDROOM'.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP Daily Post Chief Reporter eryl.crump@trinitymirror.com

A NORTH Wales Police officer is standing trial charged with covertly filming a young girl for sexual gratification.

Sergeant Neil Hughes, 47, of Coed Onn Road, Flint, denies two counts of voyeurism and is on trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The charges arise from allegations he covertly placed a mobile phone into the bedroom of a young girl on two occasions between July 1 and December 15 last year.

Outlining the prosecution case barrister John Philpotts said the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, found the mobile phone on a bookshelf in the bedroom.

It appeared to be recording and she picked it up and stopped it filming.

Mr Philpotts said before replacing the phone where she found it she had deleted the recording and had not looked at it.

"She was scared and hoped there was an innocent explanation as to why the phone was in the room. She told a close friend what had happened but no one else," the barrister said.

At a later date - the lawyer said the girl could not be precise about the date - she found a mobile phone more or less where she had found a device on the previous occasion.

This was also recording and she later told a friend who encouraged her to tell a teacher.

After school authorities were alerted the matter was reported to the police.

Mr Philpotts said Hughes was arrested on December 15 last year and interviewed.

"Suffice to say he denied the allegations of voyeurism," the barrister said.

A number of mobile phones were seized and police experts found two images which showed the defendant in the bedroom on one device.

"The prosecution suggests these were captured accidentally as he set up the phone to record," said Mr Philpotts.

The jury heard the phone also showed an image of a pair of legs and appeared to have been taken on a train.

"The prosecution concede we are unable to identify the owner of the legs but it looks like a young person's legs.

Get the latest North Wales news at www.dailypost.co.uk Also found were a series of text messages sent in December 2015, about a year before his arrest, in which the defendant states he was trying to take an upskirt photograph.

"The image with that text message indicates the defendant has a taste for voyeurism," Mr Philpotts added.

The trial, which is expected to last two to three days, continues.

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