Hereford man sentenced for voyeurism and child sex offences
A man from Hereford has been given a three-year community order for possessing indecent images of children and secretly filming three women and a child using a hidden camera.
Michael Price, 58, was sentenced today (21 August 2020) at Worcester Crown Court following his guilty pleas for six counts of voyeurism, three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.
Price’s offences took place between 2014 and 2017, and he was arrested in 2019 following a complaint to police by one of his victims.
Following his arrest, police seized two computers and two mobile phones. They also recovered a bag containing five DVDs including one labelled ‘hidden camera’ and a quantity of ladies underwear from his bedside cabinet. When they examined the digital equipment and discs, they found it contained covert recordings of three women and a 13-year-old girl using the toilet.
The police also discovered indecent images of children downloaded following searches of the internet. 50 category A images showing children subjected to penetrative sexual activity, 80 category B images showing children subjected to non-penetrative sexual activity and 240 category C images not falling within categories A or B were recovered on his devices.
Earlier in the proceedings a warrant for Price’s arrest was issued after he failed to attend court. The police eventually arrested Price in Surrey where he was living on a boat and had adopted a false identity. He was brought back before the court where he entered guilty pleas and was remanded in custody until sentencing.
Today, he received a three-year community order and has to complete a sex offender treatment programme and 30 days' Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. He was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years, and a five-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his victims.
Dawn Cartwright of the CPS said: "Michael Price committed multiple crimes violating the privacy of his victims and he purposely sought out indecent images of children for his satisfaction.
"Even though he recorded himself in one of the videos setting up the camera to record his victims secretly, he denied any wrongdoing following his arrest, and he tried to evade justice. He even minimised his responsibility when the probation service interviewed him for the pre-sentence report.
"He has now received a criminal conviction as a result of his sickening and perverted actions."
Notes to editors
- Dawn Cartwright is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands