Step dad's 'shameful' spy camera hidden in dirty laundry
A STEPDAD who filmed his teenage stepdaughter naked in the shower was exposed by her brother, who stumbled across the evidence years later.
An Ipswich magistrate expressed her concern that the father kept the film for six years. The 48-year-old man, who cannot be named because it would identify his victim, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to making recordings in breach of a person's privacy. At the time of the offence the step daughter was just 18. In evidence submitted by Prosecutor Acting Sergeant Bernard Elmore, a Go-Pro camera had been secreted in dirty washing in a family bathroom.
Sgt Elmore said no one knew about the dad's violation of trust until her brother accidentally came across footage on a device six years later.
The recording was dated January 2013, the court heard.
The man's lawyer Ms Hawkins said the defendant was going through a marriage breakdown at the time and was remorseful, ashamed and embarrassed. Magistrate Donna MacCallum queried why the man kept the film for so long.
"While there was an initial recording it seems there was some attempt by you to subsequently edit the matter down to the point where the victim was being viewed naked," Ms MacCallum said.
"Everyone is remorseful when caught. I find it difficult that after six years as to why it hadn't been deleted if it was an aberration by you when having emotional issues."
Ms MacCallum sentenced him to a supervised 18-month probation order. No conviction was recorded.