August 2011

Camera pervert avoids jail term

A REGISTERED sex offender who secretly recorded his victim in the shower has avoided prison.

Aaron Jones, aged 40, was escorted into Worcester Magistrates Court by two security guards following an attack on his home.

Magistrates were told that Jones served 30 months in prison for offences relating to young boys in 1999, for which he had also been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Jones had been warned he could face jail after he admitted hiding a Flip camera in a bathroom and recording his victim using the shower and the toilet.

But magistrates instead made him the subject of a three-year community order and a 10-year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), which prohibits him from taking video or camera images of a person without their permission.

Jones’ victim found the camera hidden in a pipe under a towel beneath the sink as he was sat on the toilet.

The victim removed the camera and watched the footage which showed Jones placing the camera in the bathroom and the victim on the toilet and in the shower.

He pleaded guilty to recording a private act for sexual gratification.

Amer Hussain, defending, yesterday said: “If he is rehabilitated it will benefit all those involved.”

As part of his community order, Jones, of Fairmount Road, Brickfields, Worcester, will be subject to supervision for three years and must attend the community sex offender groupwork programme.

He must also pay £250 compensation to his victim and £85 costs.

Mr Hussain said that Jones’ financial situation was uncertain at the moment.

After the hearing, a spokesman for Worcestershire County Council, which employed Jones in its customer service hub, said: “In line with national policy, Worcestershire County Council carries out CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks on those posts that involve contact with children or vulnerable adults as an integral part of the role.

“Customer service positions in the contact centre do not fall under this category. In any circumstances in which we are alerted to criminal proceedings the county council initiates an investigation in accordance with our procedures.”

He declined to say if Jones was still employed by the council.