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Man jailed for secret filming in female friend's bedroom

Theatre director jailed for secretly filming friend as she got undressed Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for hiding a video camera in his female friend's bedroom so that he could watch the woman getting undressed - in what she thought was the privacy of her own room.

Tarran Collins, 24, a theatre director from Shakespeare Road in Worthing was found guilty of voyeurism and two separate counts of making an indecent photograph of a child at Chichester Magistrates Court on 7th January 2016.

"She was a friend of yours. You went to her house, her family's house, under the guise of being her friend and while she was absent from her bedroom you concealed a camera in there so that you could secretly film and record her getting undressed and being naked in the privacy of her own bedroom.

"You had taken steps to acquire the camera, under an alias, so that you would not be discovered because you knew what you were doing was fundamentally wrong. She did find the camera, but not before it had been operating and filming her getting undressed. You were confronted with what you had done and you denied it."

– His Honour Judge Christopher Parker

Collins appeared before Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on 5th February and was sentenced to a maximum of 20 months with at least 16 months to be served. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

The judge said the only mitigating factor was that Collins had undergone some voluntary therapy.

However, taking into an account a previous conviction for twelve offences of making indecent images of children for which Collins was given a suspended 12 month sentence in 2012, the judge said: "Given the escalation in your offending, the type of offending and the spread of offences here, you do pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public, particularly young women and teenage girls, that risk arising from your committing further specified offences.".

Police station voyeurism charge

A man has been charged with voyeurism following an incident at a police station in Oxfordshire.

Christopher Richardson-Blake, of Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, Somerset, is charged with one count of voyeurism and one count of theft.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at Abingdon Police Station.

Richardson-Blake was released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 25.


Police station voyeurism arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism after a spy camera was allegedly found in a women's changing rooms in an Oxfordshire police station.

Police say they have interviewed a 32-year-old man after the find in the changing rooms at Abingdon police station.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the force could not comment further on the investigation which was still in its early stages.

The force declined to release further details about the type of material seized.