Chelmsford man spied on mum and girl undressing on secret camera
A Chelmsford man has admitted to watching a mother and daughter undress through a secret camera as well as possessing a horde of indecent images of children.
Carl Ediker, 42, used a covert camera to spy on a woman and her 14-year-old daughter in various states of undress in their respective bedrooms and saved them to his computer for his own sexual gratification.
But he did not come to the attention of police until officers received intelligence that he had been looking at indecent images of children online, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard this afternoon (Wednesday, September 13)
Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Barry Hargreaves said: “On December 16, 2016, a warrant was executed at his address because officers had received information that the address had be used for obtaining indecent images of children.
“No other person other than Mr Ediker lived at the address.
“They found a number of devices; on two of those devices were indecent images.”
Police found that between April 2014 and November 2016, Ediker had downloaded a series of both moving and still images of children, two of which came from the most severe category of indecency.
But not only had Ediker watched a wide array of material which showed children being abused, he also had files which had been filmed with covert cameras at a flat in Chelmsford.
Ediker pleaded guilty to four counts; three of making indecent photographs of children and one of voyeurism.
Representing the defendant, Robert Perkins told the court that his client recognised he could face a custodial sentence and that he had no relevant previous convictions.
Mr Clubb, chairman of the bench, directed that Ediker’s case should be transferred to Chelmsford Crown Court, as the sentencing powers of the magistrates may be insufficient.
Ediker, of Harewood Road, was granted bail on the condition that he did not have any unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 18.
He will next appear in court on October 11.