April 2012

Shipley voyeur, 46, tried to spy on girl, 15, in the bath

A 46-year-old man rigged up a spy camera in a “depraved and bizarre” attempt to secretly watch a teenage girl in the bath, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Quality control supervisor Brian Johnson wired up the camera and concealed it in his dressing gown pocket in a bid to view the naked 15-year-old washing herself.

Johnson, of Leeds Road, WindhillShipley, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in March.

The case was adjourned until yesterday when he was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision and intensive work by the probation service.

Johnson was also ordered to pay £250 costs.

He must sign on the sex offenders’ register for five years and Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to protect young girls in the future.

Prosecutor Rupert Doswell said police searched Johnson’s home after a girl complained that she had found a camera in his dressing gown pocket.

Officers found a dressing gown with a hole cut into the pocket and a covert camera in the wardrobe.

The court heard that Johnson had no previous convictions.

His solicitor advocate, Ray Singh, said Johnson was motivated by curiosity and acted “in a moment of madness.”

He was not recording the images and had kept them to himself.

He was a hard-working man with a good job and his family was standing by him.

Judge Durham Hall said Johnson’s behaviour was “depraved and bizarre, designed and deliberate”.

“What you did was wrong. It was sick and completely unhealthy,” the judge told him.

No-one said he was a bad man but he had caused great harm, the judge noted.

He said Johnson was not a peeping tom, peering round a changing room at the swimming baths.

However, he had made a deliberate attempt to picture a young naked child.

But Judge Durham Hall said Johnson was a good family man, spoken of in the highest terms.

He said prison would be “an expensive and useless tool” in his case, but he warned Johnson he could face prison if he breached the court order.

“Be careful Mr Johnson, don’t give in to these temptations,” said Judge Durham Hall.