Greg Morrison, 23, offered a guilty plea when he appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday to answer charges that he twice exposed himself on a web video link to the women working on the help desk for Schuh in Livingston, West Lothian.
The court was told by Fiscal Depute Kevin Corrins that the shoe store offered customers advice on their products via a webcam link. In September 2013 their employee Karis Howitt saw a male “who appeared to be performing a solo sex act”.
After capturing a still image Ms Howitt terminated the connection. Under a week later a second customer service employee, Jade McAdam, was also connected by webcam to Morrison who was “standing in front of the camera performing a sex act”.
An image was again captured and passed to police who, using the computer IP addresses for both incidents, traced it to Morrison’s home in Buckie.
In his defence Morrison’s solicitor Matthew O’Neil told the court his client “was at a loss” to explain his actions, adding that he was a healthy, normal young man who lived with his partner.
Sheriff David Hendry ordered Morrison, of 23 Carnie Place in Buckie, to carry out 40 hours of community service and said that he would be placed on the sex offenders register for a year. He will also be under supervision for the next 18 months.
A spokeswoman for Schuh said: “We have a zero tolerance attitude to incidents such as this – we capture the IP address and pass it, as well as a transcript of the interaction, straight to police.”