Rolls Royce boss a “dirty old man” after filming woman in shower with spy cam hidden in towels.
Richard Croft’s plot unravelled when the woman discovered the camera among towels while drying herself – and it even contained a snap of him checking the angle.
Richard Croft was handed a four-month jail term, suspended for 18 months for his crime.
A Rolls Royce boss Peeping Tom was a “dirty old man” after admitting setting up a spy camera in a bathroom to watch a woman in the shower, a disgusted judge said.
Richard Croft, 49, placed the 50p-sized device between towels in the bathroom of his victim’s home, but she discovered it when she went to get dry.
The memory card of the camera contained an image of Croft appearing to stand near the shower as if to check it was in focus.
When he was questioned by police, the Rolls-Royce worker told them he had found the camera in his pocket and placed it where he did “innocently”.
But on Friday Croft, of Derby, admitted one count of voyeurism and was found guilty at trial of fraudulently applying for a credit card in the same victim’s name.
He was handed a four-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to attend 30 days rehabilitation with the probation service.
He was also placed on the sex offender’s register for seven years and given a restraining order banning from him contacting the victim.
Sentencing him at Derby Crown Court, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “Any woman or man should be able to shower in private without someone preying or peeping on them.
“You behaved like a dirty old man, that’s precisely what you did.
“You were even caught on the memory card adjusting the camera so that you could catch her in the shower.
“It is lucky for you there are no recordings of her in the shower and it is that and only that which saved you from receiving an immediate term in custody.”
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Prosecutor Sonal Ahya said the offence took place at a home in March this year.
She said: “She went to the bathroom to shower and noticed a bulge between two towels that were in the boiler cupboard.”
Miss Ahya said the victim told colleagues about what she found and the police became involved.
Joe Harvey, defending, said Croft worked as a senior buyer at Rolls-Royce and had been suspended since his conviction.
Mr Harvey said: “He expresses sorrow and shame that his good name has been brought into the public forum.
“This has caused a considerable degree of anxiety for him.”