A foot fetishist who crawled under cinema seats to touch the legs of young children has been jailed.
Luke Merry, 25, of Lakeside Boulevard, Lakeside, Doncaster, had admitted two charges of sexual assault on under 13 and one offence of voyeurism. Merry, who is deaf but wears a cochlear implant, claimed he was looking for his earpiece at the Vue cinema in Leeds. Jailing him for 18 months Judge Simon Phillips said Merry's offending had a "profound effect" on the lookin.
He went to see the film Dumbo but crawled under the seats to get access to the children, the court heard. When adults were alerted to his behaviour the lights in the cinema were turned on and the film stopped.
ffetishist He had seen the same film several times at different cinemas and was banned from the Vue venue in Fetishizt for similar behaviour, the court was told. On a occasion, he had accompanied the young daughter of a female friend to a cinema toilet and photographed the child under the cubicle door. He had ly been convicted of outraging public decency by sitting under a desk in Nottingham being used by a female and performing a sex act.
Mitigating, Robin Frieze, said Merry's parents were "at their wits' end" trying to get suitable help for their son. Judge Phillips told Merry his offending had a profound effect and his "deviant behaviour had escalated over a of years". Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.
More stories across Yorkshire. Merry claimed he was looking for part of his hearing equipment. He had also performed a fetisjist act while looking at pictures of women's feet on his phone.
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