November 2016

Perverted pensioner set up a secret spy camera to film naked girls

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A pensioner who set up a secret spy camera to film naked girls has condemned as a “pervert” by a judge.

Colin Bigden also turned the spare room of his home into a “DVD factory”, processing footage of naked boys and girls for onward sale.

But despite the “disgusting” nature of the offending, the judge opted not to send the 67-year-old to prison, instead ordering him to go on a two-month sex offender treatment course.

Former printer Bigden set up a covert device to film youngsters aged between four and 15, Bristol Crown Court heard today.

The pensnioner, of Grove Wood Road in Haydon, near Radstock, pleaded guilty to three charges of voyeurism.

He also admitted 17 charges of making indecent images of children and four charges of distributing indecent images of children.

Edward Hetherington, prosecuting, said Bigden filmed a four-year-old girl, focusing on her knickers and genital area.

Bigden also wired up a spy camera to film two older girls while they were naked or had their genitals exposed.

The court heard police were alerted to his activities after receiving information from Canadian authorities, who were investigating a firm in their country which was supplying DVDs of naked boys.

Mr Hetherington said: “Police conducted a very thorough search.

“Mr Bigden was there. His wife was there. She asked him ‘What have you done now?’

“In a spare bedroom police found a DVD factory, including blank DVDs, labelling and a computer with a DVD burn drive on it.”

In an investigation which followed Bigden’s voyeurism was discovered, as well as covert footage of girls’ chests and private parts.

It also transpired Bigden was downloading and distributing other images of boys and girls to buyers as far afield as Germany.

He was found to have 1,624 still photos of naked girls aged between nine and 11.

Judge James Patrick handed him a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He told Bigden: “These are disgusting offences, some years old.

“They first came to light three years ago and you’ve had them hanging over you.

“Your wife must have been devastated to discover what sort of pervert you were.”
Bigden was told to observe a four-month curfew, under which he must stay at home from 6pm to 2am.

He was ordered to have 60 days of sexual offending treatment and register as a sex offender for ten years.

He was also handed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, banning him from unchecked internet use and unsupervised contact with youngsters aged under 16.