West Bridgford man sentenced for videoing girl in Rushcliffe Arena changing room

Nottingham Magistrate's Court
Nottingham Magistrate's Court

A man was given a 32-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, for taking a video of a girl through a gap in a cubicle at Rushcliffe Arena.
Gerard Thomas, 49, of West Bridgford admitted three counts of voyeurism in October and making an indecent video of a child.

When appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, he was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to the 12-year-old as well as £200 in costs and a government surcharge.

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District Judge Tim Devas imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order on Thomas and this lasts for five years.

It bans him from entering leisure facilities or public changing rooms while carrying a mobile phone or recording equipment. He must not have unsupervised contact with any girl under 16-years-old.

The judge ordered him to spend up to 20 days with probation officers to prevent a repeat.

A probation report said the likelihood of Thomas committing a similar offence is “negligible.”

Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting, said the girl noticed the mobile phone through a gap in the cubicle. Arena staff were alerted and police arrived. A check on the phone revealed “an indecent video of a child,” said Mr Jerath.

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James Buckley, mitigating, told the court that Thomas did not plan to download the image.