Peeping Tom Doctor Sentenced Over Voyeurism Charges
A well-recognised doctor we reported on back in August has now been sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was originally accused of setting up cameras to spy
on patients, colleagues, and visitors at a private hospital in the North East. The doctor had previously admitted to 7 counts of voyeurism, 6 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child and 1 count of possessing extreme pornography when he appeared in court.
He covertly filmed both adults and children in several rooms of the hospital, and police have spoken to more than 70 women
who may have been filmed by the doctor. The secret filming took place in a hospital where the doctor had placed cameras in several areas including the toilets
Another Large Scale Voyeurism Case Uncovered
When the alarm was raised by a potential victim of the voyeurism, police raided his home. They found evidence that suggested he may have hid multiple covert cameras for several years
, generating huge amounts of footage without consent.
This is not the first time this year that a major voyeurism case has hit the press. Back in February, the deputy head teacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Cardiff was caught filming children secretly in a toilet of a house
. Both instances used covert cameras placed in inconspicuous areas.
At first, there was only one criminal charge against the doctor, but as more evidence and potential victims have come forward, more charges have been placed against him
Criminal and Civil Cases
As well as criminal charges, the victims of the voyeurism can go to a civil court and make a claim. Victims could make a claim to the court against the health authority who employed him
, or against the doctor himself. The claim would state that their human rights had been breached
. Article 8 of the Human Rights Act is the right to respect in both family and private life.
Criminal charges and civil claims are different, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
bring criminal charges against suspects, and if they're found guilty, the defendant is convicted, and sentenced. In this case, it could be a custodial prison sentence.
A civil claim can be brought by a private individual. In a case like this, the claim would be for financial compensation.
While compensation doesn't change the harrowing truth of being spied upon
in such a way, the idea of financial compensation can help put someone back where they were before it happened. For example, it can be used to pay for counselling treatment
, which in our experience has helped many in similar situations come to terms with what has happened to them.