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'Great shame' of student voyeur
Charles Greaves arriving at court
Charles Greaves had admitted six voyeurism charges
A student who secretly filmed women in the shared bathroom at his university halls of residence in Bangor, Gwynedd, has been given a suspended sentence.

Judge Merfyn Hughes told Charles Greaves, 19, of Wellington, Shropshire, he had harmed the three victims and brought great shame on his family.

Greaves had admitted six voyeurism charges after he hid a digital camera inside an adapted shower gel bottle.

He was sentenced to nine months' youth custody, suspended for two years.

He will also be under supervision for 12 months and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Greaves's parents wept as the sentence was delivered while the defendant breathed a sigh of relief.

The doctored shower gel bottle
The adapted shower gel bottle included a hole for the camera lens

At Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Merfyn Hughes told him: "The serious aspect of your behaviour is that it involves a breach of trust which students of mixed gender place in each other when sharing accommodation of this kind.

"The psychological impact on the victims, the shock and distress will be significant."

The judge added: "Not only have you harmed these three girls who you filmed, but you have damaged your own academic prospects and brought great shame on your family.

'Overweight loner'

"I agree there's a degree of naivety and immaturity in your character."

Last month, magistrates heard that Greaves had tried to set up the filming in the bathroom of the mixed Emrys Evans hall.

The shower gel bottle had been specially adapted to hold the camera, and pierced to create a hole for the lens, the court was told.

But the former student, who was described as an "overweight loner", had failed to get good quality images and had put a sign on the bathroom door asking all students to take baths instead.

The court heard police were called after the camera was spotted by a female student when she was running a bath.

They arrested Greaves and recovered his laptop with images of three women.

Images

When interviewed by the police, he said it must have been him who was responsible for taking the photos, but said he had no recollection of arranging to have them taken.

In his defence, Greaves's solicitor said his client had deeply regretted what he had done and any hurt he had caused the three women. Greaves has since left the university and was said to be working as a chef.

He had admitted three counts of installing equipment to gain images for sexual gratification and three more of viewing images for sexual gratification.

The University of Wales, Bangor, has offered counselling to students who may have been affected by Greaves's offences.




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