Church leader filmed woman in bathroom

Essex County Standard: Church leader filmed woman in bathroom Church leader filmed woman in bathroom

A CHURCH trustee has admitted in court using a hidden camera to shoot videos of a woman showering and using the toilet.

Music teacher Timothy Pooley, 50, of Maldon Road, Witham, admitted three charges of voyeurism when he appeared before Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

Pooley was listed on the Bethel Christian Fellowship, as a church trustee. The church meets every Sunday at the Maltings Academy, in Spinks Lane.

He also gives private music lessons.

The court was told the offences were committed between January and June. He admitted two charges of recording a private act and one of operating equipment to observe.

Pooley, who cried throughout yesterday’s hearing, will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court in January. The court was told he used his iPhone to make videos of the victim getting undressed, showering and using the toilet.

On one occasion, Pooley went into a bathroom and set up his phone before the woman took a shower.

After getting out, she noticed the phone, pointed with the lens facing into the room, and picked it up. She saw it was recording and looked back at the footage before calling police.

Officers searched Pooley’s home and found a hard drive with several videos of her, some of which had been edited.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said: “She said she was shaken by the whole incident. It was a serious breach of trust. It caused her shock and concern.

“She was mortified when she found out what had happened.

She felt violated.”

Pooley’s lawyer said nothing at the hearing.

Pooley was bailed with condition he does not contact the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He was suspended from the church in June following the offence.

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9:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Lock him up and throw away the key......but that won't happen! A slap on the wrist is what he will get!
Lock him up and throw away the key......but that won't happen! A slap on the wrist is what he will get! Say It As It Is OK?

12:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Maybe he should have just asked her if he could watch.They must have been on quite good terms for her seemingly showering in his house.It must have been quite a hectic music lesson.
Maybe he should have just asked her if he could watch.They must have been on quite good terms for her seemingly showering in his house.It must have been quite a hectic music lesson. stevedawson

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