Voyeur caught filming student in tanning studio cubicle

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A voyeur was caught filming a student in the adjoining cubicle of a Boston tanning studio.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Monday how Mark Graves set up a camcorder to film the young woman during her session at the Tan Express Studio in the town.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that the student completed an eight-minute session in the cubicle and was getting dressed when she spotted the red light of Graves’ camcorder shining through a gap in the wall.

Mr Scott said: “She paid for a session and at the end of it was applying sun cream. She started to get dressed and looked down to see a gap between the cubicle and the adjoining one.

“There was a camera pointing towards her. The red light indicated it was recording. She was horrified and put some of her clothing over the camera.”

The student finished getting dressed and confronted Graves who in the adjoining cubicle. He tried to brush off the incident calling her ‘a weirdo’ before walking out. He later threw away the camcorder.

The woman complained to police and Graves, a regular customer at the studio, was identified as the man responsible.

Graves, 48, of St Leodegars Close, Wyberton, admitted voyeurism on November 13. He also admitted possession of extreme pornography and three charges of breaching the conditions of a previous sex offenders’ order by failing to notify his movements to police.

The court was told he had a prior conviction for voyeurism.

He was jailed for 15 months and banned for life from every tanning studio in England and Wales.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “This was a deliberate act by you for your own sexual gratification.”

Neil Sands, defending, urged that Graves be given the chance of a suspended jail sentence.