Pervert plumber secretly installed cameras in customer’s toilets to spy on them
A pervert plumber fitted a spy camera in up to six customers' toilets for his own sexual gratification.
When investigated by police, the tradesman was also found to have a vile stash of child abuse images downloaded on his home computers.
James Hulme, 57, was reported by a victim who found a covert camera attached to her sink after employing him for a plumbing job, NottinghamshireLive reports.
It soon became evident that she was not his first target, as officers discovered he had also filmed several other customers with hidden recording devices in their bathrooms.
The extent of his disgusting crimes was revealed in a search of Hulme's home where police found 302 indecent images of children on his home computers, as well as images involving animals.
Hulme, 57, of Glendon Drive, Sherwood, pleaded guilty to voyeurism, making indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images.
He was jailed for 12 months after appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, October 27.
Hulme’s offending came to light in June 2018 when he was working at a property in Clifton.
The householder had hired him to some plumbing work and confronted Hulme when she found a spy camera attached to a sink in the downstairs toilet he had installed.
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Hulme admitted being responsible and fled the property along with the recording device when the woman called the police.
Officers immediately set out looking for Hulme and arrested him after tracking him down a short time later.
During his police interview, he admitted digitally recording the customer and “five or six others” to meet his sexual needs, but denied accessing child abuse material.
PC Jonathan Cooper, who investigated Hulme’s criminality, said: “This was a gross breach of trust and invasion of privacy in a pre-meditated manner for his own sexual gratification.
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“Hulme will have to live with this shame for the rest of his life. These offences were gross and his victims will no doubt live with this forever.
“I hope this outcome serves not only as a comfort to Hulme’s victims and their families, but also as a warning to others who might be tempted to engage in voyeurism.
“His convictions for making indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images should also serve as a stark a warning to others that such criminality does have consequences.
“Behind every one of these sickening videos and images is a vulnerable child being sexually abused by an adult in various parts of the world.
"The physical and emotional impact of that abuse can and does have a devastating impact on those children as they grow older and we are determined to protect other children from a similar fate.”
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