Man set up secret camera to film partly-naked woman

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A Peeping Tom must remain in his Pinxton home nightly for three months after setting up a secret camera to film a partly-naked woman.

Magistrates heard that Paul Jeffery’s victim wanted him to be jailed but he was put on a three-year probation order, which includes taking part in a “community sex offenders’ group programme.”

He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years after admitting voyeurism.

Presiding magistrate Paul Cantrill told him: “You have an opportunity to sort your life out. Take that opportunity.

“You are not going to prison today - you are a lucky man. We recognise you need some support to deal with your issues.

“Do you understand what I have said?” the magistrate asked. Jeffery replied: “Yes, sir.”

Police found 200 videos of a woman “in stages of undress,” said Hannah Strawson, prosecuting.

In a statement to officers, the victim said a prison sentence should have been imposed on Jeffery, 28, of Wharf Road, Pinxton. The offence made it difficult for the victim to sleep and led to her having bad dreams, added Miss Strawson.

Euan Edwards, mitigating, described it as “a sensitive case” and pointed out that Jeffery had never been in trouble before. A probation report had been prepared on him.

He said Jeffery had not tried to pass on the images to other people, showed “genuine remorse” and pleaded guilty immediately.

“Mr Jeffery expects to go to prison. That has been hanging over him for a period of time and rightly so,” said Mr Edwards.

But he urged the magistrates to follow the advice of probation officers and impose the three-year order. This includes 12 days of work on a “community sex offenders’ group programme.”

If Jeffery went to prison, said Mr Edwards, he would not be inside for long enough to complete the course of treatment.

Mr Edwards told the court in Nottingham: “It would be a constructive sentence and a sentence with an element of punishment. Mr Jeffery accepts that.

“It is a hefty ask and not a light option. The most important factor is probably the length of the order. If probation feels he needs any top-up in terms of further work they can do that in the three-year order.”

He must wear an electronic tag to ensure he does not defy the curfew between 7pm and 7am. He must pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 government surcharge. The charge reads that between August 1 and November 7 he recorded a person doing a private act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification in Nottingham.