Thursday 29 September 2016

Man who filmed teen girl in shower walks free after telling court he intended to video another woman

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 26/07/2016 | 11:28

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A man has escaped a prison sentence for covertly filming a teenage girl in the shower after telling a court he had been attempting to record another woman instead.

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Pub landlord Sean O’Gorman reportedly used an alarm clock with a concealed camera to capture the video footage.

The Bournemouth Echo reports that that in the process of investigating other allegations, police seized O’Gorman’s laptop and discovered three 20-minute films of the teenage girl showering.

The 46-year-old was not charged with any offences concerning the other allegations.

After the videos were found on January 25, 2015, O’Gorman admitted two counts of voyeurism but told Bournemouth Crown Court that he had not intended to film the girl and didn’t realise the footage was on his laptop.

O’Gorman, now living in Southampton and working as a bar manager, accepted that he had installed the camera with the intention of filming an older woman.

He also accepted that there was a possibility that others using the shower could have been filmed instead.

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC handed O’Gorman a three-year community order with a requirement to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offenders Programme, in addition to 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was found not guilty of five further counts relating to the possession of indecent images.

The judge said the sentence was not to “diminish (victims’) feelings of shame and violation”.

“In my view, the public interest is best served by this order, rather than a short consecutive prison sentence with no treatment to prevent further offending.”

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