A British Metropolitan Police officer has been spared prison after being caught spying on a woman getting changed in Primark and found to have a number of indecent images of children at his home.
Pervert PC Swaleh Chaudhry was caught filming a woman getting changed on his phone in a Primark shopping centre in Wandsworth, south London. Following the arrest of the sex pest police officer, authorities discovered extreme pornography and a number of child sex abuse images at his home.
The 36-year-old disgraced officer was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to ten months in prison suspended for 18 months - meaning he will not have to serve a single day behind bars - and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Chaudhry had previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of voyeurism, and three counts of making an indecent image of a child.
While outlining the details of the case at an earlier hearing, prosecutor Suleman Hussain said: "A female complainant was in the fitting room trying on clothing and she stated she heard rustling in the fitting room next to hers.
"Under the benches was a gap in between the fitting rooms, she saw a black mobile phone with the camera facing her.
"She saw the camera appearing to follow her as she was moving, she began to scream 'Are you recording me?'.
"There was a response from the cubicle next to hers, saying no. She came out and warned her boyfriend, and the defendant was then challenged."
Chaudhry was arrested and then suspended from the Met, he resigned before his sentencing hearing at Kingston Crown Court.
The Met carried out a misconduct hearing in May at which it was ruled that if Chaudhry had not resigned he would have been dismissed immediately without notice.
Leader of the Met's Taskforce, Commander Kyle Gordon, said: "Former Constable Chaudhry's behaviour was repugnant. His actions go against everything we stand for.
"Holding the office of constable is a privilege and it comes with great responsibility. He showed himself to be totally unsuitable to hold his office and undeserving of the trust of the public, and it is right that he has resigned.
"He was investigated, charged, and put before the courts by Metropolitan Police officers within 48 hours of the incident.
"I hope that this swift action demonstrates our absolute determination to root out those people in our organisation who let down the public and also let down the many thousands of hard-working and dedicated officers with whom they serve."