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Discovery of camera hidden in hospital toilet sparks investigation

POLICE have launched an investigation after a hidden camera was discovered in a toilet at a Co. Armagh hospital.

In a statement, the trust that operates the hospital said it was working with police over an allegation about a former member of staff.

By Gerard Donaghy

The device was found in ceiling tiles of a toilet in the radiography department of Craigavon Area Hospital.

According to Belfast Live, members of the public have access to the toilet as well as staff.

As part of their investigation, the PSNI are looking into historic cases of voyeurism at the hospital, believed to date back to before February 2015.

The hospital is part of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

In a statement, they said: “The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is co-operating fully with a PSNI investigation following an allegation against a member of staff.

“The member of staff is no longer an employee of the Trust.”

Doug Beattie, Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann, described the alleged offence as ‘despicable’.

“This is a place of sanctuary, where by its very nature our most vulnerable people go,” he said.

“For anybody to take advantage of this, if proven by police, is absolutely despicable.”

Details emerge on hidden camera found at Canandaigua hospital

February 08, 2018 11:10 AM

Canandaigua Police are now saying a camera found in a bathroom at a local hospital was hidden in a power outlet but it did not have a memory card.

According to the Messenger Post, police said there were not any pictures or videos saved on the camera itself after it was found in a unisex bathroom at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua last month.
Where is that memory card now? Who has it? Is there a chance there was never a card in the camera at all? These are all questions police are trying to answer.

Hospital officials said both employees and patients may have used it during the time in question.

Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth said it is a single-use restroom and not one located off a main lobby.

No other hidden devices have been found at the hospital.

The police chief said the camera is a generic brand that you can buy just about anywhere and it also does not have a singular serial number.

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Perth man jailed for installing hidden camera in childcare centre toilet

A Perth man who admitted he had been a “peeping Tom” since he was a child has been jailed for installing hidden cameras in a staff toilet at the childcare centre where he worked, and in his own bathroom.

Photo: A staff member found the camera on the same day Ker installed it in the bathroom.

In February last year Rodney Howard Ker, 51, was working as a groundsman at the Gowrie Early Childcare Education and Care Centre in Karawara when he hid a miniature video camera inside an adapted rat trap and placed it in the locked unisex toilet, before pressing the record button.

The District Court was told the device was found later the same day by another staff member who brought it to Ker’s attention.

He took the camera, removed the memory card which contained the footage, and took it home to delete its contents.

Three days later Ker was arrested and police discovered on his computer recordings of three people getting changed in the bathroom of his home.

Ker admitted that between 2014 and 2016 he installed a hidden camera to record people using the bathroom and shower.

In an interview with police said he had been a “peeping Tom” since he was a child and was aiming to record the victims in various state of undress.

Ker pleaded guilty to four charges of installing an optical device to record a private activity, and one count of wilfully destroying evidence.

Judge Michael Bowden said Ker had acknowledged his motive was for “sexual gratification” because he liked seeing naked flesh and found it “appealing” that people did not know he was recording them.

The court heard Ker had moved to Queensland since the offences, had sought private psychological counselling and had attended a self help group, Sexaholics Anonymous, to try to understand why he had done what he did.

Mr Bowden accepted that Ker had otherwise been a hardworking, highly thought of member of the community and that he was remorseful and embarrassed about his crimes.

However Mr Bowden said the offences were so serious an immediate term of imprisonment needed to be imposed to deter others from doing the same.

He sentenced Ker to nine months’ jail. He will have to serve half the term before he can be released.

Children never at risk, centre operator says

In a statement from the childcare centre operator, Gowrie WA, chairman Nick Wood said the bathroom where the camera was installed was used only by staff and children had no access to it at any time.

“The staff member involved in this incident was immediately dismissed from his employment with Gowrie WA and remains banned from going near any of our centres,” Mr Wood said.

“[He] was not directly connected in any way to the care of children, rather his position involved the provision of property services.”

Mr Wood said the company remained “deeply concerned” about the impact of the offences on any staff who may have been recorded, and said they had been offered counselling and ongoing support.

Mr Wood also pointed out that Ker, like all the company’s employees, had all necessary clearances, including a valid Working with Children Check.

“Our organisation has decades of experience in working with children and upholds best practice standards to ensure the highest levels of protection possible,” he said.

“Our paramount concern is the welfare of our staff and children in our care.”

By Joanna Menagh

Source: ABC.net – AU

Self-confessed sex addict admits to secretly filming HUNDREDS of patients as young as eleven undressing at his chiropractic clinic using secret camera hidden in a clock

• Chiropractor pleaded guilty to 216 sex crimes including indecent assault
• He secretly filmed hundreds of patients as young as 11 undressing at his clinic
• Confessed to friends he was a sex addict and claimed to have filmed 400
• His identity is suppressed despite guilty plea until he faces court next month

A sex addicted chiropractor secretly filmed hundreds of patients, including children, undressing in his practice using a camera hidden in a clock.

The 50-year-old, who can’t be named, pleaded guilty to 216 sex crimes as 30 of his victims packed the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He filmed patients including women and children as young as 11 getting undressed before sessions between 2012 and earlier this year.

The cameras were hidden in a digital clock and a pen near an x-ray machine in the changeroom of his practice in eastern Adelaide.

He also filmed the genitals of some patients with a camcorder as he worked on them.

Police found more victims with each of his court appearances, rising from 56 charges in August to more than 200 within a few months.

The number could be double that as the court heard the accused told a friend he filmed more than 400 people over four years.

The former chiropractor claimed to his friend he was a sex addict and used the videos for sexual gratification.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault, and attacked a patient after she grabbed his camera and he tried to retrieve it.

All up his crimes included indecent filming, producing child pornography, possessing child exploitation material, and indecent assault.

He was originally given home detention after his mother put up $40,000 bail, but it was revoked in October.

Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal ruled the alleged crimes were too serious and the prosecution case was too strong for him to be released.

A suppression order on his identity was expected to be lifted when he next appeared in court in January when the prosecution would present more evidence.

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Nurse given 2-year suspended sentence after hiding camera in U of A Hospital gym shower

A nurse who admitted to hiding a camera in a staff gym shower at University of Alberta Hospital received a two-year suspended sentence on Tuesday. He’s also prohibited from having a recording device.

Jason Soundara, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism in June.

A suspended sentence means the defendant will serve a period of probation and have a criminal record, but won’t serve jail time.

The sentence means Soundara must remain in Alberta, attend counselling and cannot go to the University of Alberta Hospital. He’s allowed to own a smartphone but cannot use it to take photos or videos.

The Crown was seeking six months in custody and two years of probation. Crown prosecutor Marisa Anderson argued the act showed a high degree of planning and deliberation and was “predatory” in nature. She said the sentencing should send a strong message in this digital age.

The defence was seeking a two-year probation with no time behind bars. Defence lawyer Dan Nagase said the sentence should take into account this was not a public change room. Nagase argued the act was not thought out, naive and unsophisticated. Nagase said Soudara has sought out counselling and the incident happened during a difficult time in his life when he was struggling with his sexual orientation.

In November 2016, a notice was posted by management of The Pulse Generator at the University of Alberta Hospital Employee Fitness and Recreation Centre, stating a camera was in place from Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. until Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., when it was discovered and removed. In that 16-hour window, seven men were captured on the camera.

In an agreed statement of facts, Soundara admitted to putting the camera in the male locker room shower. In a videotaped interview with police, Soundara said he did it “because he liked one of the males who frequently showers in the facility.”
 
The statement said the camera installed looked like a wall outlet and was stuck to the wall underneath a soap dispenser; it contained a five-day rechargeable battery with an SD card to store video.

The camera was discovered by a man in the shower; it was turned over to hospital security and then Edmonton police.

Soundara was supposed to be sentenced in September but the decision was delayed.

Soundara worked as a nurse at the hospital emergency room at the time. An Alberta Health Services spokesperson said he is no longer an AHS employee.

Pulse Generator operates employee fitness centres at the U of A, Grey Nuns and Misericordia hospitals. Security measures were increased after the incident.

— With files from Global’s Kim Smith, Julia Wong and Karen Bartko

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