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Man hides cameras in coffee shop toilets and records women and children for 6 years

By Mason White 11:48 AM December 25, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested on a charge of voyeurism after hiding cameras in coffee shop toilets and recording men, women, and children, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 38-year-old George Thomas of London, was sentenced to serve four years in prison after being convicted of 10 counts of voyeurism and 5 counts of making indecent images of children.

According to the police investigation, these offenses took place between 2009 and 2015, when Thomas used covert recording equipment to record women, men and children in coffee shop lavatories around London.

He also recorded colleagues in his place of work, as well as three women who worked in his home and two women who lived in a block of houses to which he had access.

The offenses were carefully planned and articulated with each voyeuristic clip saved alongside a photograph of the victim taken in a public area.

These were then organized, labeled and saved on hard drives.

He was implicated following the discovery of a recording device at his place of work on which he had inadvertently recorded himself.

The court heard that this case involved the gross invasion of privacy on a catastrophic scale, which targeted over 3,600 people including 98 children.

It has not been possible to identify many of the victims, but those who have been identified, have described their feelings of distress, anger, anxiety and vulnerability as a result of these actions.

In addition to the prison sentence, Thomas was banned from possessing any covert recording devices or recording anyone without their knowledge.

All offenses were committed between the 1st day of January 2009 and the 28th day of April 2015. Recording devices have been found in branches of Starbucks, Cafe Nero, and Costa Coffee, in the London area.