Men who filmed 6,000 people in bathrooms and swimming pool changing rooms jailed

Two men who secretly photographed thousands of people at swimming pools in London and south-west England have been jailed.

Robert Morgan, 32, and Adam Dennis, 38, are understood to have filmed and photographed roughly 6,000 people, including children, without their consent as they used changing rooms and bathrooms.

The two men came to the attention of police because of a separate investigation into an assault, which happened on board a train in March 2017.

A mobile phone was seized by officers investigating the assault, and the two men were arrested for voyeurism offences in November 2017.

Forensic examination of items seized from the men’s homes showed “covert” filming of victims while they used the bathroom, and images of victims in changing room cubicles.

Online chats showed the pair sharing and trading images of victims filmed covertly in swimming pool changing rooms and creating profile documents for them.

The investigation flagged at least 6,000 potential victims. Detectives say a large number of the photos are unidentifiable.

British Transport Police officers have been able to trace a number of victims, some who were children at the time of the footage being captured, to inform them of the investigation.

None of the victims police have spoken to were aware of being filmed or had given anyone permission to film them while changing.

The two men were sentenced to a combined 42 months at Inner London Crown Court on April 24.

Dennis, of Ernest Fitches Way, Littlehampton, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to one count of voyeurism, one count of conspiracy to make indecent photographs of a child, one count of conspiracy to distribute indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

He was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment, to serve half and spend the remainder on licence.

Morgan, of Bradmore Park, London, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism, one count of conspiracy to make indecent photographs of a child, one count of conspiracy to distribute an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child, one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child, and one count of possession of a controlled drug.

He received a 20 month sentence, suspended for 2 years, as well as 120 hours unpaid work and attendance to a rehab programme.

Both men are also subject to a nine-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

It prohibits them from entering any swimming pool or leisure centre changing rooms, and from contacting each other, or communicating with known sex offenders.

It also prohibits them from sharing any images “showing the genitals of any woman or female child via the internet or file sharing application”.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Claire Jackson-Harwood, said: “This has been a long running investigation with officers working tirelessly to ensure the victims get the justice they deserve. Dennis and Morgan’s insidious actions will have a life-long impact on the victims who were preyed upon while they innocently enjoyed a hobby.

“They have given no thought to the victims and simply acted for their own gratification. Not satisfied with just recording the images, they have worked together to go on and create profile documents and researched their victims on social media. These actions make this offending even more shocking. I hope this outcome gives the victims the closure they deserve.”