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Former Ernst & Young employee filmed thousands of people by planting hidden cameras

Lexi Finnigan

Published 22/12/2015 | 07:29

A former Ernst & Young manager who installed hidden cameras across London to spy on thousands of people has been jailed, in what the Met Police are calling the biggest case of voyeurism they have ever seen.

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George Thomas, 38, installed recording devices in bedrooms and bathrooms in his own home, shower rooms and lavatories at his work place and bathrooms in a large number of coffee shops in central London.

The Indian national, who is married with one child, filmed victims’ naked bodies and private parts before downloading the footage to a computer at work.

Over a six-year period, starting in 2009, Thomas filmed more than 3,500 people, including some children and babies, said His Honour Judge Jeremy Donne QC at Inner London Crown Court today.

He said: “This case is undoubtedly a sophisticated, organised, planned and long-running campaign of voyeurism the scale of which, the court has been told, is beyond any previously encountered by the Metropolitan Police.

George Thomas, 38, installed recording devices in bedrooms and bathrooms in his own home, shower rooms and lavatories at his work place and bathrooms in a large number of coffee shops in central London.

The Indian national, who is married with one child, filmed victims’ naked bodies and private parts before downloading the footage to a computer at work.

Over a six-year period, starting in 2009, Thomas filmed more than 3,500 people, including some children and babies, said His Honour Judge Jeremy Donne QC at Inner London Crown Court today.

He said: “This case is undoubtedly a sophisticated, organised, planned and long-running campaign of voyeurism the scale of which, the court has been told, is beyond any previously encountered by the Metropolitan Police.

 Detective Constable Sarah Gardner, who investigated the case said after the sentencing: "The images of unsuspecting people going about their daily business, and having their privacy breached in this way was appalling.

"Thomas's offending was extraordinary, not just because of the sheer numbers of people he filmed but also due to the highly organised way, in which he saved, stored and filed the footage.

"I would like to thank all of the companies that have assisted and supported the police through this investigation, particularly Thomas's former employers who were pivotal in helping us to identify him."

A spokesperson from Ernst & Young said: ““These criminal charges concern a disturbing invasion of individual privacy which we find appalling.

“We have been doing everything we can to support those individuals from EY affected and to assist the police in their ongoing investigation. The individual has now been convicted and sentenced."

George Thomas, of Deptford, south east London, pleaded guilty to all 15 offences – including acts of voyeurism and making indecent photographs of children.

He was jailed for four years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention order for 10-years.

Telegraph.co.uk

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