'Peeping Tom' jailed
PUBLISHED: 10:40 28 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 06 May 2010
A POLICEMAN has been jailed for spying on a woman neighbour with a miniature camera he bought off eBay. Pc Calvin McCann, 28, who was described as a modern day Peeping Tom installed the £23 camera in the woman s bathroom to gain sexual gratification. Se
A POLICEMAN has been jailed for spying on a woman neighbour with a miniature camera he bought off eBay.
Pc Calvin McCann, 28, who was described as a "modern day Peeping Tom" installed the £23 camera in the woman's bathroom to gain sexual gratification.
Sentencing him on Friday to six months and placing him on the sex offenders' register for seven years, Judge Joseph Gosschalk told him he had "violated her privacy".
The judge told McCann: "As a police officer you had a responsibility to set an example and you have let down your fellow officers."
He said the victim had been so affected by his actions that she now had to go to her mother's house to use the bathroom and had searched her whole house for other cameras.
The attractive brunette told the jury at St Albans Crown Court that she was decorating her bathroom when she found a toilet roll tube on the floor next to tins of paint.
She said: "It was on its side lying parallel to the bath panel. I picked it up and ripped open the tube. I thought it was a mobile phone.
"It was open at one end - the other end had toilet paper stuffed at the bottom and there was tape holding it in. I suppose it was there to stop the camera falling out."
The camera had an antenna. Experts who examined it found it had a range of 50 metres with pictures picked up via a cable which would be attached to a television set.
The jury of four women and seven men was given a demonstration of how the camera worked by Dc Chris Beresford. A similar model was placed in a toilet roll tube and colour images of the courtroom were displayed on television sets.
The jury heard that McCann and his social worker wife Becky were friends with the woman and her boyfriend.
McCann, of Henlow, pleaded not guilty to voyeurism between November 9, 2004 and January 25 last year but was convicted by the jury in under two hours.
He denied putting the camera in the victim's bedroom. He said he bought it on eBay "for the purposes of a marital nature in the bedroom with my wife".
McCann joined Bedfordshire police in May 2003 and resigned last month.