Gympie man recorded images of naked young woman
A GYMPIE man will serve a six-month good behaviour bond for recording video of a woman while she was in the shower.
The 59-year-old man - who Magistrate John Parker requested The Gympie Times not name - hid a video camera in his bathroom some time between May 31 and September 1, 2011 to record his 20-year-old female visitor, who was a friend of his wife.
His actions were revealed when his wife and the victim were watching television one evening.
The court heard images of the naked woman getting into the shower unexpectedly appeared on the screen before the man fumbled to turn off the television.
The man said he must have bumped the remote and accidentally played the video.
After briefly seeing the video, the victim searched the bathroom and found the camera, shaped as a black tennis ball and concealed in towels on top of a shelf in the corner of the room.
The man told police he was "curious" about what would happen if he set up the camera.
While the defendant told the court he had acted on the "spur of the moment", the court also heard he had set up the camera to send an automatic feed to the video recorder, which had saved the images.
The man said he offered numerous apologies to the victim woman, who left his home the following day, and he described his actions as "totally against my character".
The court heard the man wiped the video images and sought counselling about his actions, which he said he regretted.
The court also heard the incident jeopardised the man's marriage.
Magistrate Parker told the man he would take his actions as a "serious lack of judgment" and described the recordings as a "serious invasion of her privacy".
"Your curiosity got the better of you," Magistrate Parker told the man, who pleaded guilty to making the visual recordings in breach of the woman's privacy.
The man was ordered to serve a six-month good behaviour bond with $500 recognisance.