Peeping Tom caught out at Morley Leisure Centre

Declan Crosbie
Declan Crosbie

A peeping Tom, sentenced for trying to spy on the Chinese Olympic swimming team when they were training in Leeds, has been caught again at a Morley centre peering into a cubicle.

Declan Crosbie was given a three year community order in 2012 after a woman reported seeing him enter the ladies’ rooms at the Leeds University pool where the team would change before practising for the London games.

When staff at the centre went to find him he hid in a cubicle and tried to answer in a woman’s voice when challenged.

After the offence the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, ordered him to attend a sex offender treatment programme as part of his sentence and barred him from female changing rooms.

But the same judge has now heard on July 25 this year Crosbie was seen in the unisex facilities at Morley Leisure Centre on Queensway, Morley.

A woman had taken her nine-year-old daughter into a cubicle with her to change and by chance her husband saw Crosbie looking over the top of their cubicle.

Sam Andrews, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Crosbie fled, but a member of staff caught him.

It was heard Crosbie was technically not in breach of his banning order because the facilities were unisex.

But the court heard he had breached his community order by failing to attend some of his activity sessions.

Crosbie, 27, of Bath Lane, Bramley, has previous convictions for voyeurism and in 2009 was jailed for three years after trespassing into a house and being found standing over a sleeping student whose trousers had been pulled down. He admitted voyeurism in July and being in breach of the community order.

Graham Parkin, for Crosbie, said his client knew probation officers were trying to help him.

The previous order was revoked and Crosbie was handed a new three year community order with a high level activity requirement and 240 hours unpaid work.

Judge Collier said reports indicated he had at times done well under the community order. “The problem was earlier this year you got into a cycle of depression, spiralled down, lost contact with those supervising you and committed this further offence.”