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BBC Radio producer jailed over sex tapes

Producer Benjamin Wilkins
The producer secretly filmed himself having sex with five different women

A BBC radio producer who secretly filmed himself having sex with five different women has been jailed for eight months.

Inner London Crown Court heard Benjamin Wilkins was caught when his girlfriend found a stash of DVDs in his loft.

Judge Roger Chapple told Wilkins he had "betrayed" the trust of his victims.

The 37-year-old secretly taped a series of sexual liaisons with lovers, including TV and radio presenters, using a hidden camera in his bedroom.

The court heard he hid one camera in his bathroom and another in the fire alarm directly above a bed in his London flat.

'Dirty and sick'

They were linked to his computer which allowed him to transfer the films to DVD.

The sex tapes were made over a three-year period from 2005, but Wilkins dismantled the system before his girlfriend, with whom he had a son, moved into the home.

What you did represents a cruel, selfish betrayal of trust
Judge Roger Chapple

His girlfriend found and watched a film, then sent it to the woman involved who decided to go to the police.

A victim impact statement made by one of the women, who can not be identified, was read to the court.

She said she was too ashamed to tell her family what had happened, adding it left her "feeling violated, dirty and sick" and needing counselling after she found out what he had done.

The judge said the effect on the women that had been filmed had to be considered when sentencing Wilkins.

He added: "What you did represents a cruel, selfish betrayal of the trust they put in you."

Wilkins pleaded guilty to 11 charges of voyeurism at Camberwell Magistrates' Court earlier this year.

Nicola Kay, defending Wilkins, said: "Of course, he has had to inform his own family which has been a shock for his elderly mother."

He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.



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