A plumber who secretly installed spy cameras in his customers’ toilets “to meet his sexual needs” has been jailed for 12 months.
James Hulme, 57, was caught when a female client spotted a hidden camera on her sink in her downstairs toilet and reported him to police.
Detectives discovered that Hulme, from Glendon Drive, Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, had put secret devices in up to six other women’s bathrooms.
After a search of his home, officers found 302 indecent images of children and pornography involving animals.
Hulme pleaded guilty to voyeurism, making indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images.
He was jailed for 12 months at Nottingham Crown Court last Wednesday.
The court heard he was caught while carrying out work at a woman’s home in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, in June 2018.
She confronted Hulme when she found a spy camera attached to a sink in the downstairs toilet.
Hulme admitted being responsible and fled the property with the recording device when the woman called police.
Hulme was arrested a short time later, and Nottinghamshire Police said he admitted recording the customer, as well as five or six others, “to meet his sexual needs”.
PC Jonathan Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a gross breach of trust and invasion of privacy in a premeditated manner for his own sexual gratification.
“Hulme will have to live with this shame for the rest of his life. These offences were gross and his victims will no doubt live with this forever.
“I hope this outcome serves not only as a comfort to Hulme’s victims and their families, but also as a warning to others who might be tempted to engage in voyeurism.
“His convictions for making indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images should also serve as a stark a warning to others that such criminality does have consequences.
“Behind every one of these sickening videos and images is a vulnerable child being sexually abused by an adult in various parts of the world.
“The physical and emotional impact of that abuse can and does have a devastating impact on those children as they grow older and we are determined to protect other children from a similar fate.”
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