Edinburgh carer took pictures of two schoolgirls at Portobello swimming centre
A pervert carer took pictures of two young schoolgirls while they were semi-naked in a swimming pool changing room.
Ryan Miller, 29, placed a mobile phone under the cubicle the two children were in and snatched images of them while they were partially clothed.
Miller targeted the youngsters, aged nine and eight, while they were on a primary school trip at Portobello Swim Centre in Edinburgh in 2019.
Miller then fled the swim centre after the children told a teacher and he had been challenged by a member of pool staff.
Police Scotland officers eventually traced him two days later where he claimed he had “dropped my phone” while in the cubicle.
But Miller would later confess to his girlfriend he was attracted to children and had attempted to snap pictures of the two young girls at the pool.
On Monday, Miller pled guilty to placing his phone under the cubicle where the two girls were changing and taking or attempting to take pictures of them and commit a breach of the peace when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Peter McCormack placed Miller on the Sex Offenders Register and deferred sentence for social work reports and restriction of liberty assessment to be prepared.
Prosecutor Jack Castor told the court Miller, from Joppa, Edinburgh, arrived at the capital swimming pool with the man he was a caring for at around 12.50pm on September 23, 2019.
The two young victims were part of a school group who were having swimming lessons at the pool and following their tuition the pair were changing together within a cubicle.
Mr Castor said: “Around 1.50pm the swimming lesson came to an end and all the children left the pool and made their way to the changing area.
“[The two girls] entered the same cubicle and began to change. They took off their swimming costumes and began to dress themselves.
“[One girl] observed a hand appearing from the foot of the neighbouring cubicle holding a mobile phone.
“She heard it making a noise which she associated with taking photos.
“On getting a fright [the girl] alighted from the cubicle and made her way to contact [a teaching assistant].
The fiscal said the second girl then “peered round the cubicle door” and saw Miller make his way from the area on his own.
The teaching assistant immediately alerted a swim centre supervisor who challenged Miller about the incident.
Miller shouted “I’m not doing this here” and left the centre before police arrived.
The fiscal added Miller was then arrested two days later and told officers “I know what this is about. It’s about when I dropped my phone the other day.”
Mr Castor added Miller had then told his partner “he had been filming children at a swimming pool” and that “he was attracted to children”.
The court was told the woman immediately ended her relationship with Miller that day.