July 2017

How brave Devon teenager named and shamed man who secretly filmed her naked with hidden camera

A Devon teenager who was secretly filmed naked with a hidden camera set up by her own stepfather has bravely waived her right to anonymity in a bid to warn others about the man who made her feel “distressed and unsafe and vulnerable” in her own home as a result of his shocking actions.

Adelle Hanson has spoken out following her ordeal to denounce the 15-week sentence handed down to 53-year-old Tony Bishop, saying the term he will serve was not enough.

She bravely waived her legal rights so that Bishop could be publicly named and shamed after his identity had been previously kept out of the public domain to protect her anonymity.

Adelle decided to waive her right to remain anonymous in a bid to warn other women about Bishop as she felt others should know the name of the man who had secretly filmed her naked while she was in the bathroom of their home.

The teenager and her mother have since had to move house as a result of the disturbing ordeal in what had been their family home – an ordeal which the judge at the trial pointed out “was a shocking thing to do a girl who was part of your family”.

Bishop had hidden a GoPro camera in a box which had been placed in a washing basket to spy on his teenage step-daughter.

On a second occasion, he hid a camera in a in a bottle of shampoo which he had cut a hole in.

Adelle said she wanted him to be named and shamed as a warning to other women.

Last week, Exeter Crown Court had heard that Bishop had used a GoPro camera to spy on his teenage step-daughter after getting the idea to covertly film her from watching pornography.

Bishop admitted two charges of voyeurism which occurred in April and May, 2015, in Torquay, and recording the private act for sexual gratification when he appeared at Exeter.

His acts were discovered when his then wife, Adelle’s mother, found his iPad and found videos from the camera in a deleted files folder.

She has since divorced him and has reverted back to using her maiden name.

Bishop, of Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, was jailed for 15 weeks by trial judge Recorder Martin Meeke QC at Exeter Crown Court, but the court suspended the sentence for 18 months.

Bishop was ordered to sign on to the Sex Offenders’ register for seven years, pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £80, and to complete a rehabilitation activity requirement.

Prosecuting, Brian Fitzherbert told the court one of the videos had recorded a naked profile of the girl, who was over the age of 18. He added: “He thought she was a very attractive girl.”

The defendant had denied sharing the video with anyone else.

Mr Fitzherbert told the court the victim felt distressed and unsafe and vulnerable. The court was told how she and her mother had since had to move house.

Mitigating, Jeffrey Segan said: “He has lost his marriage and his family through entirely his own fault.”

Recorder Meeke, in sentencing him, said: “You set up a camera in the bathroom of your house with a view to recording your step-daughter. She has been left feeling distressed and vulnerable and uncomfortable in her own home. It was a shocking thing to do a girl who was part of your family.

“I understand you are both remorseful and truly regret what you have done and you have lost your marriage and your family entirely through your own fault and folly.”

Speaking after the hearing, Adelle said she did not think the sentence handed down to Bishop was strong enough.

She added: “He should be named and shamed. I want to warn other women about him.”