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Last Updated: Friday, 2 June 2006, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Salon man jailed for sunbed films
The owner of a sunbed salon who secretly filmed his naked customers has been jailed for eight months.

James Sokolnicki, 26, hid a camera under tissue in a dustbin to film seven women and a man at his tanning salon Bronzers in Westbourne, Dorset.

Sokolnicki, from Poole, admitted two charges of voyeurism and asked for a further six offences in April this year to be taken into account.

He was jailed for eight months on each count to run concurrently.

He is a dirty pervert and a sick man
One of the victims

Judge John Beashel said Sokolnicki would serve half the sentence before being released on licence. He was also registered as a sex offender for 10 years.

Sokolnicki was caught six weeks after buying the salon when a 21-year-old woman saw a red light and found the camera.

Police found footage of him setting up the camera before filming the woman undressing ready for her sunbed session.

Officers found other tapes in a disused shower room with footage of another six women and one man taking off their clothes to use the sunbeds, Bournemouth Crown Court was told.

Mr Beashel also ordered the tapes to be destroyed and the camera seized.

'Dirty and disgusting'

Mr Beashel said: "This was a serious invasion of privacy and breach of trust.

"People paid you money in order to use your tanning facilities and you abused your position by secretly filming them in a state of undress.

"One of your victims describes her shock and disgust at what happened to her. She was depressed and had to have time off work."

Sokolnicki initially told police the cameras were to catch people who had been vandalising his sunbeds and that he had been burgled.

The woman who found the camera said outside court: "I feel justice has been done.

"It made me feel dirty, disgusting and it's a relief to know the tapes are going to be destroyed. He is a dirty pervert and a sick man."


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