Otago cop filmed teen in shower

A former Central Otago policeman sentenced today for using his police-issued iPhone to video a teenage girl having a shower had his application for a discharge without conviction declined.

The man appeared in the Alexandra District Court this morning and was granted final suppression of his name. ,>

Judge Kevin Phillips said it was serious and premeditated offending and sentenced the man to nine months' intensive supervision and 150 hours' community work.

The defendant was a first offender and sought a discharge without conviction after admitting intentionally making an intimate visual recording of another person. ,>

Counsel Nic Soper submitted the offending, which happened when the man was off-duty, was at the lower end of the scale and said the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction would outweigh the gravity of the offence.

However, Judge Phillips rejected that submission. ,>

At the time of the offence, the man had been under considerable pressure at work and at home, he said. ,>

The defendant had since resigned from the police. ,>