Man sentenced for prolific voyeurism

21/12/2015

George Thomas, 38, was sentenced today to four years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court for 10 counts of voyeurism and five counts of making indecent images of children. Each of these counts relate to multiple offences. These offences took place between 2009 and 2015 when Thomas used covert recording equipment to film women, men and children in coffee shop lavatories around London.

He also filmed colleagues in his place of work as well as three women who worked in his home and two women who lived in a block of flats to which he had access.

The offences were carefully planned and articulated with each voyeuristic clip often saved alongside a photograph of the victim taken in a public area. These were then organised, labelled and saved on hard drives. He was implicated following the discovery of a covert recording device at his place of work on which he had inadvertently recorded himself.

Bridgeen McKeague, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "This case involved the gross invasion of privacy on a catastrophic scale which targeted over 3,600 people including 98 children.

"It has not been possible to identify many of the victims but those who have been identified have described their feeling of distress, anger, anxiety and vulnerability as a result of Thomas' actions.

"Thomas continued to understate his offending but as a result of a thorough investigation and a strong prosecution case he has pleaded guilty.

"In addition to the sentence passed today the prosecution successfully applied for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bans Thomas from possessing any covert recording device or recording anyone without their knowledge and restricts his internet usage."

Background

All offences were committed between the 1st day of January 2009 and the 28th day of April 2015. The 15 counts include covert recording in branches of Starbucks, Cafe Nero and Costa Coffee in the central London area. In addition to the sentence the court imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.