A sex offender used an iPhone to spy on a girl in a mall bathroom

Dorniel Nica filmed the teenager in Golden Square shopping center in Warrington (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

A pervert spied on a young girl by putting her iPhone under a stall in a public women’s restroom.

Dorniel Nica, a registered sex offender, had filmed the teenager in the Golden Square shopping center in Warrington.

The 28-year-old appeared in City Magistrates Court in connection with the incident.

A teenage girl had gone to a stall in the mall’s public restroom on October 2 this year after feeling ill, the court heard.

The girl, whose identity is protected, said she saw a hand holding a black iPhone coming from under the partition with the neighboring cubicle.

She thought the phone was recording and there was a man in the booth next to her.

The girl also believed she could hear a man performing a sexual act.

She and a friend then approached two Cheshire police officers who went to the toilet but could not find the man.

Warrington Magistrates Court

Warrington Magistrates Court heard how Nica stretched her arm under the cubicle (Picture: Google)

They then searched CCTV at the mall and saw that a man entered the women’s restroom at 5:12 p.m. and left at 5:55 p.m.

Officers were able to take an image of the man from the footage and submit it through Retrospective Facial Recognition (RFR) software.

The search returned a match for Nica and he was found at an address in Warrington.

After being arrested, Nica was later charged with voyeurism and attempting to observe someone doing a private act.

Constable Wendy Whitehead, an officer in the case, said: “If it hadn’t been for the courage of the victim to approach the first officers she saw, we might not have – not being able to get the result that we got.”

“Thanks to the new technology we had, we were able to identify Nica quickly and efficiently, which allowed us to do further research and determine his whereabouts. It led us to get justice for Nica’s victims and put a prolific offender behind bars and off the streets of Cheshire.

Nica, of Cherry Road, Chester, was sentenced to 36 weeks’ imprisonment.

He also received two restraining orders against two girls and was ordered to pay court costs.

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