March 2021

Disgraced former Pricewaterhouse Coopers accountant from Sheffield jailed for filming up schoolgirl’s skirt

A convicted pervert whose offending cost him his job with a top accountancy firm has been jailed for filming up the skirt of a schoolgirl as she made her way home on the train.

Leon Chan had already been convicted of an upskirting offence from 2019 when police found 1,500 videos and pictures after he was found following women and girls in a London Topshop store.

The 26-year-old, from Sheffield, committed the latest offence just nine months after being convicted in November 2019.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he had been travelling to a dental appointment on a train in Surrey on October 1, 2020, when he began “staring” at his 17-year-old victim.

Prosecutor Nicola Quinney said that as she stood up to get off the train, Chan stood behind her and bent down to his bag and held out his phone towards her legs.

Chan, who appeared via video link from HMP Doncaster, was convicted of outraging public decency at Southwark Crown Court in November 2019 when he was found to be videoing females at the Topshop branch in Oxford Circus.

He lost his job with PwC and has been unable to find employment due to the sexual harm prevention order imposed.

During today’s (Monday’s) hearing, Chan admitted one count of recording an image under clothing without consent, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and committing an offence while serving a suspended sentence.

She added that he had also been subject of “abhorrent” racial abuse during his time in custody.

Despite her appeals to the Record David Gordon, Chan was sentenced to 20 months in prison and will be subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

He will also be on the sex offenders’ register for the same amount of time.

The Recorder said: “Anyone who thinks this kind of behaviour is trivial or not serious needs to rethink their attitudes.

“The effects can be long-lasting and serious.”

Chan, of Burngreave Road, Sheffield, was also banned from approaching any women or girls unless he had a good enough reason.

He will also have to notify police each time he buys or equips himself with a computer, mobile phone or device capable of recording videos or taking pictures.

A further term of his sexual harm prevention order prohibited him from travelling on the London Underground, DLR, overground or buses without an Oyster Card.