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Man jailed for filming 14-year-old step-daughter in shower

By Michael Donnelly

A man who admitted to secretly recording his teenage step-daughter in the shower has been jailed for nine months.

As well as the jail term, the 42-year-old was ordered by Belfast Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC to sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years for what he described as a "serious breach of trust".

The judge had earlier heard how the offences came to light on New Year's Day last year when the man's 14-year-old step-daughter uncovered a camera secreted inside a soap bag on the toilet cistern pointing at her.

Prosecuting lawyer Rosemary Walsh said the teenager was alone in the house with her step-father at the time, as her mother was visiting a friend, and "did not know what to do".

In a panic, the girl ran for more than a mile in bare feet with the camera to where her mother was, said the lawyer. When they went back to their home, the defendant had fled but had taken his laptop with him.

The man, who cannot be identified to protect his victims, was arrested at his mother's house later that day. Ms Walsh said when devices were examined, officers uncovered four videos totalling 69 minutes of footage of the girl in the shower.

In addition, police also found 125 photographs and 23 movie files of children being abused.

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