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Former PSNI officer who spied on child taking shower is given probation order

By Staff Reporter

A police officer who has admitted charges of voyeurism and making an indecent photograph of a child has been put on probation for a year and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

A court has also heard that Phil Adamson (46), whose address was given on his charge sheet as police headquarters in Belfast, has lost his job as a result of the offending and will not get a police pension.

The policeman had previously pleaded guilty in October to two charges.

The first was a charge of voyeurism in July this year, stating that he "recorded another person doing a private act knowing that the other person did not consent to being recorded for sexual gratification".

The charge is contrary to the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008.

Also relating to the same date in July, the second charge was of making an indecent photograph of a child contrary to the Protection of Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

At Coleraine Magistrates' Court yesterday a prosecutor said the offences took place in July this year when Adamson filmed a child showering with a hidden mobile phone.

The case had previously been adjourned to allow District Judge Liam McNally to receive a Victim Impact Statement from the injured party.

The court was also told Adamson had admitted the offences to police during interview at the first opportunity.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said Adamson wished to apologise to the injured party.

He added: "The defendant accepts this is an extremely serious matter".

Mr Devlin said Adamson knew it was a case which could easily lead to him being jailed and claimed his client had shown "genuine remorse for what he has done".

The lawyer said there had been "extreme consequences in terms of his reputation and professional standing".

Mr Devlin added: "His job is gone now" and said the damage to his client's reputation could never be repaired.

He said Adamson had also suffered "acute financial penalties as a result of the termination of his employment".

The lawyer said the defendant had been two years short of qualifying for a pension. "He has lost that by dint of his own actions," said Mr Devlin.

Judge McNally said: "This is a very sad but a very serious case" and added that he had to consider how best to protect the public.

He told Adamson that he would take into account the fact that he had lost his reputation and job and that a Probation Service report said he showed a "low risk" of reoffending.

The judge said there had "never really been an explanation" as to why the defendant had behaved as he had done.

But he said that in an attempt to avoid anything similar happening again he said was placing Adamson on probation for a year and ordering him to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

The judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order on Adamson.

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