A man was caught using a hidden camera in the bathroom of a house in Motherwell as he secretly filmed a woman showering.
Now former fireman Steven Aitchison has been placed on the sex offenders’ register and warned to expect a prison sentence.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that more than 200 video clips showing the woman in the shower were found on his computers.
Aitchison, 52, of Berriedale Path, Blantyre, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week.
He admitted filming the woman, who is in her 20s, at a house in Motherwell between September 2015 and September last year.
Paula Russell, prosecuting, said another man discovered the hidden camera in a toilet bag. She explained: “The bag was on a cabinet and this person noticed three small holes on the front.
“He looked inside and saw a small video camera. It was secured by Blu Tack and the lens was facing through a hole.
“The camera was no longer in the bag the next day. A search was carried out and it was found in a drawer.”
Ms Russell said Aitchison was challenged over the camera and admitted he had been filming the woman “for a wee while”.
He added: “It’s a compulsion, but there’s no harm in anything like that.”
However, he later told police being caught was “a weight off my mind”.
Defence agent Jackson Bateman said Aitchison was injured in an accident in 2008 when he was a fireman and had developed post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mr Bateman told the court: “He was of previous good character, but the PTSD led to him developing obsessional traits.
“He is not using this to take away from the serious nature of the matter. He knows his behaviour has been unacceptable and has made efforts to apologise.”
Sheriff Douglas Brown put Aitchison on the sex offenders’ register and called for reports.
He told the accused: “This is a serious offence and you should expect a period of imprisonment to be imposed.”