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Sentenced | Man who filmed people while they were getting changed at Mansfield leisure centre

31st May 2018
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Sentenced | Man who filmed people while they were getting changed at Mansfield leisure centre

A 44-year-old man has been given a six month prison sentence suspended for two years after he admitted using a camera to film people getting changed at Water Meadows in Mansfield.

Martin Socha, of Dozen Drive in Mansfield, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 29 May 2018) having pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism on 27 April.

In September 2017, police received a report that a family with a five-year-old boy, were getting changed in a cubicle in the unisex changing room when they noticed a device being held above them. The alarm was raised and Socha was detained until police arrived.

Following his arrest, officers found a small spy camera device in his sock which was still switched on, and evidence that he had also been spying on another woman.

As well as the suspended sentence, Socha was also given a seven year Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

Detective Constable Ben Skellern said: "Socha completely violated these people's privacy when he filmed them getting changed at their local leisure centre. We hope this sends the message out that voyeurism of any kind is taken incredibly seriously, and we will not tolerate it in Nottinghamshire."

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