July 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A Norfolk man has been jailed for filming women in shop and swimming pool changing rooms in Norwich and Wymondham.
Robbie Llewellyn, of Church Road, Wereham, near Downham Market, had previously pleaded guilty to 15 offences, including six of voyeurism, five of outraging public decency and four of unauthorised access to computer material.
The offences happened between January and August 2013 and involved Llewellyn using covert cameras, hacking into the computers of women to obtain personal images and information, and in one case he accessed the webcam of a 16-year-old girl to view her in her bedroom.
The 26-year-old, who had worked temporarily for Norfolk Constabulary, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today and given a two-year sentence, reduced to 16 months because of his early guilty plea, for the five counts of outraging public decency.
He was also given two 12-month sentences for the remaining offences, which will run concurrently with his 16-month term.
Llewellyn was investigated by the force’s Anti-Corruption Unit after complaints were received that he was suspected to be taking inappropriate, covert photos of women and had also been using software that hacked into other people’s computers.
He was first arrested and interviewed on August 19, 2013 on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act and Data Protection Act offences. As part of the investigation his house was searched, and computer equipment was seized.
Examination of seized computers resulted in the discovery of voyeuristic images and videos.
During his offending Llewellyn was found to be targeting women in public and private locations.
In addition, the investigation established evidence showing that he had distributed some of the images he had taken via the internet.
Detective Inspector Jeff Yaxley, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Anti-Corruption Unit, welcomed the conviction, and said: “Robbie Llewellyn committed these offences in both public and in private places, targeting women in such a way that, until this investigation commenced, no-one who knew him ever suspected that he was offending against women in this manner or that he was actively engaged in proliferating malicious software to compromise people’s computers.
“It is important to note that the constabulary had employed Llewellyn on a temporary basis, but only after he had completed his vetting process successfully. “Having been arrested he was immediately suspended and subsequently dismissed by the organisation within four weeks.
“Despite not committing any criminal offences within the constabulary offices, investigating officers made it a priority to instigate proceedings resulting in his dismissal as soon as they could whilst the criminal investigation continued.”
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