Yesterday, a former taxi driver who was hiding recording equipment in a teenage girl’s bedroom avoided jail.
David Brown, 57, committed the act of illness at a Pollokshields property in Glasgow between February 2015 and April 2017.
Brown installed the appropriate materials and structures in the girl’s bedroom when she was between 13 and 16 years old.
Brown adapted a blanket box and cabinet to install a cell phone capable of recording and capturing images of the girl.
Court documents say this was done with the intention of allowing Brown or someone else to observe the girl doing a private act.
Brown then committed a similar offense at a vacation home in Florida, United States, when the girl was aged 16 to 17 between December 2018 and September 2019.
Brown recorded the victim performing a private act with the intention of allowing or allowing another person to watch her perform the act.
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He recorded the girl with a digital camcorder contained in an alarm clock in his bedroom.
This alarm clock was accessible remotely by Brown using his cell phone.
Brown – a first-time offender – pleaded guilty in Glasgow Sheriff Court to two counts in December.
Jackie White, defending, said during sentencing that Brown – a new grandfather – still had a “very supportive family”.
Sheriff Lindsay Wood asked, “Do they know the whole story?
Miss White replied, “Yes.”
Miss White claimed Brown and the girl had a close relationship.
She said: “He was worried and he was trying to protect the young girl.
“She would get on the computer and talk to people on the computer.
“He damaged this young woman beyond repair and he knows it.”
Sheriff Wood had said he didn’t want Brown to be portrayed as a “good guy” and that the girl’s victim impact statement was “one of the worst” he had ever seen.
He told Brown during the sentencing: “These recordings were planned by you.
“You told the social work report that it caused you to have sexual arousal and you took alcohol to cover it up yourself.
“Your behavior is utterly shameful and it had a profound and unfair impact on the victim and her family.
“She’s been getting advice for a while, that’s been the impact because of you.
“You have a deviant sexual problem that needs to be addressed and the offenses you have committed clearly deserve a prison sentence.
“You must realize that what you have done for your own sexual satisfaction will harm an innocent young girl and it will stay with her and remain in your conscience for what you have done.”
Brown was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid labor and was tagged for four months keeping him indoors between 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
He was placed under surveillance and was not allowed to come into contact with children under the age of 17 without adult supervision.
Brown was also on the sex offender registry for five years.