May 2015

Girls filmed with secret camera by military man

A court heard the soldier fitted the covert devices in a property where he had been staying in Devon.

Matthew Walters admitted voyeurism by recording a private act during the course of a month in October 2013.

Exeter magistrates heard that he filmed the girls aged 16 and 12 when they showered and were undressing in the bathroom.

The victims’ mother discovered video recordings on a computer and searched the house and found the hidden camera and digital devices.

She confronted Walters and called in the police.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said ten movies were seized by police and they showed the girls ‘naked and intimate parts of their bodies could be seen’.

Walters, aged 37, of Priestacott Park, Kilkhampton near Bude, Cornwall, fully admitted what he had done to police.

He said he viewed the footage and pleasured himself as he sought sexual gratification from the recordings.

Miss Baker told the court there were various aggravating factors in what Walters had done including the age of the victims and the planning involved to fit the secret devices.

Defence lawyer Stephen Nunn said Walters has an exemplary military record having served in various parts of the world in active service including Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia.

“He is devastated by his behaviour. He has shown significant remorse. He tried to kill himself and spent a few weeks in hospital.”

He said Walters is being counselled for post traumatic stress disorder and had been under marital and financial difficulties.

The court heard the defendant, who has no previous convictions, was currently suspended from work.

He will be sentenced next month after a probation report is prepared.