May 2016

Keighley pervert caught filming up females’s skirt’s

Roger Marsh

A VOYEUR has been jailed after he installed a camera at work to watch female colleagues using the toilet, following years of secretly filming up the skirts of hundreds of women in public for his own sexual gratification.

Roger William Marsh, 65, was described as manipulative and predatory by a judge.

Police also found 9,547 indecent images of children on his computer

The pervert’s bizarre activities came to light after he was caught using a camera strapped with Velcro to his shoe in the Ikea store at Birstall on November 29 last year.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court a man shopping with his wife noticed Marsh acting oddly because of the strange position he was standing near to her and when he saw something flash on his shoe he bent down and spotted the camera.

He grabbed hold of it and challenged Marsh saying: “What the hell is this?”

Marsh denied any wrongdoing saying “It’s not what you think” but he was found to have been filming up her skirt.

She was distressed when she realised what he had been doing and the police were called.

Marsh’s details were taken and later that day his home, then in Halifax, was searched and computers and hard drives were seized.

He also had two screens in his bedroom showing footage of a woman using the toilet. Marsh was interviewed and not only admitted filming up the shopper’s skirt in Ikea but doing the same to other women.

“He said he had been doing this act for ten years.”

Mr Nassiri said Marsh admitted going to public places where he could film women either using a camera in a shopping bag or attached to his shoe.

He also then admitted for the previous 18 months he had been secretly filming some women staff at work in Brighouse at a firm where he had been employed for 35 years.

He said he would set up the camera to record 35 to 40 minutes prior to staff leaving the workplace for the day because that was the busiest time for using the toilets. The footage was then downloaded later at home for his own enjoyment.

At that time he named four women but at a later interview after the computer and hard drives had been examined he accepted filming three more.

Mr Nassiri said police found 709,376 images and videos of which only a sample was reviewed. He said 1653 live files of a voyeuristic nature were recovered including some footage of a neighbour taken into her home through a window.

They also recovered 9,547 indecent images of children which had been downloaded between December 2011 and February 2012 the last time they had been accessed. Marsh told officers he had not looked at them since out of guilt.

James Gelsthorpe, representing Marsh, now of Park Lane Bottom, Cowling, near Keighley, said it was “a deeply troubling case.”