Prison officer secretly filmed young girl – then sent the images to his brother and son
A respected prison officer secretly filmed a young girl and then sent the images to his brother and son to look at, a court heard yesterday (Thurs).
Former soldier Vincent Jordan, 48, who had worked at Eastwood Park womens prison at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, also tried to talk the girl into having sex with him, Gloucester crown court was told.
Jordan, of Abbeydale, Gloucester, was jailed for five and a half years after he admitted four offences of taking indecent images of a child, one of voyeurism, two of distributing indecent images and one of inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity with him over an eight-month period.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Jordan it was bad enough that he had indulged in ‘vile activity’ by covertly filming the girl but it was an aggravating feature that he had shared the footage with his brother and his son Lee, who is in his twenties.
“You have served your country as a soldier and you were in good and highly responsible employment when you committed these offences,” the judge told Jordan, who had an impeccable previous record.
“I take those matters into account as part of your mitigation in this case. But the way you have behaved in the last year demonstrates that your moral compass had swung through 180 degrees.”
The judge said he found it ‘very disappointing’ that Jordan’s brother and son had not immediately reported receipt of the film to the police.
Prosecutor David Scutt said Jordan was caught because of an anonymous phone call to Crimestoppers on 26th May this year.
Thirty-six videos and 289 stills of the girl were found stored on a variety of his computer devices.
“After he had been charged police received further information that he had been distributing certain images to his brother and his son Lee,” said Mr Scutt.
He told the court that in August the girl revealed to her mum and dad that she had met Jordan and that he had spoken to her and texted her about sex in a way that was clearly grooming her.
The girl’s parents believed that the way her behaviour had changed for the worse at the time of the offences was because of Jordan’s contact with her, Mr Scutt said. Since his arrest she had returned to being the bright and bubbly girl she was before.
When police checked Jordan’s email account they found messages he had sent talking about wanting to have sex with the girl.
In a statement to the court the girl’s mother said she felt ‘devastated and broken’ by Jordan’s violation of her daughter’s privacy and the fact that he had sent the films to others to see.
James Burke, defending, said “He does express some remorse. He deeply regrets his actions and effect they have had on others.
“He has had a good employment record. He has always been in work. Between the ages of 17 and 24 he was in the armed forces but left on medical grounds. Subsequently he worked in security for the Royal Mail.
“He suffers from depression and is currently on anti depressants.”