Saturday, 14 May 2011

Swansea Council worker secretly filmed female colleagues

A COUNCIL worker secretly filmed female colleagues after fitting a hidden camera into a toilet at the office where they worked.

Matthew Hopkins, 28, had made a DVD of the footage he had filmed at the Oldway Centre in Orchard Street, where he was employed as an administrative worker within the education department.

It was discovered by his then girlfriend Rachel Jones, with who he shared a home in Montpellier Terrace, Mount Pleasant. She contacted his colleagues by text to tell them: "I have something distressing to tell you. He has been filming you at work and made a DVD.

Appearing before city magistrates, Hopkins pleaded guilty to 14 voyeurism charges of recording other persons during a private act for the purpose of sexual gratification, knowing they did not consent.

CCTV footage at the Oldway Centre later revealed Hopkins going into work at 6.30am the day following the confrontation with his girlfriend, when he is believed to have dismantled the camera.

My comment: Just a pity that Swansea Council security didn't see him fitting the cameras in the first place. 

Read the full story from the source This is South Wales

UPDATED 29th June 2011: Hopkins was ordered to attend a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme and told to register as a sex offender for five years.

He was put under a restraining order preventing him from contacting or approaching his 14 victims.

Judge Keith Thomas said: “This was a grossly offensive breach of their right to privacy by you for your sexual gratification.

Read the full story from the source Wales on Line

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