David Glover, 48, made secret recordings of his victims who came to him for portfolio shoots over at least four years and cataloged them on his computer, Peterborough Crown Court heard. After admitting five counts of voyeurism concerning 35 women identified by police, Glover was jailed for 20 months.
Who is David Glover? “Absolute creep” photographer
An “absolute creep” photographer was sentenced to 20 months in prison for installing hidden cameras in changing rooms and filming numerous aspiring teenage models who came to him for portfolio sessions over the course of at least four years. According to evidence presented in court, David Glover secretly recorded the women and saved the recordings to his computer.
One of the women told the court she no longer worked in the modeling industry.
She said it made her “skin crawl” to think that she had trusted the defendant, who also photographed family events, to take photographs of her baby. A second woman said in a statement read to the court said she felt “utterly violated” at being filmed in what she thought was a private space, and a third said, “the guy is an absolute creep”.
Another, breaking down in tears, said:
“I thought about how this could affect my career now if they (the images) ever got leaked.”
A further “70 or so” women were reportedly in the video that investigators discovered on Glover’s electronic devices, according to prosecutor Thomas Brown. At a previous hearing, the 48-year-old defendant admitted to five counts of voyeurism involving 35 adult female victims who have been named by the police.
Portfolios of aspirant models involved in the fashion industry
According to Mr. Brown, these ladies have not been named, and David Glover was not jailed because of pictures of these other women, but he may still face legal action if any of them came forward. According to Mr. Brown, Glover also worked as a wedding photographer and “produced portfolios of aspirant models involved in the fashion industry.” He said, “He was respected.”
The prosecutor said Glover, of Edelweiss View, Tallington, Lincolnshire, did not own a photographic studio but would shoot in his own home and would sometimes hire studio space. He hired studio space in a Cambridgeshire village in 2014 to photograph “a model who wished to further her career”.
“There was private space provided by the studio for people to change from their outdoor, everyday clothing into whatever they were wearing for the shoot,” the prosecutor told Peterborough Crown Court. “As a private space, it was used for exactly that purpose by people who were to be photographed.”
Rumors of the defendant’s behavior towards clients
Mr. Brown said that the woman’s partner attended with her “to hold the bags, so to speak” and he “noticed in the changing room an alarm clock that looked remarkably out of context”. He investigated further and found it was a covert camera, and that the memory card in it had footage of his partner getting changed on it.
The woman confronted David Glover about this and he claimed that the studio proprietor had been “accusing him of taking things from the changing rooms and the camera was a security measure designed to demonstrate that that wasn’t the case”. The woman accepted the explanation and apology at the time, and did not make a report to the police, but did so later in 2019 after she “worried about what happened” and “how far these images had gone”. She had also heard “rumors of the defendant’s behavior towards clients”, Mr. Brown said. “It triggered a police investigation,” he said.
Seized his media devices and they were forensically examined
“The police visited Mr. Glover at home. They seized his media devices and they were forensically examined.”
He was first charged with voyeurism in relation to four named ladies and 103 anonymous adult females when officers recognized three more women in the video they watched. Mr. Brown claimed that after the lawsuit was filed in court, more women came forward as a consequence of public attention, leading to the accusations that Glover later admitted. These were the initial four counts of voyeurism involving specifically named ladies, along with a fifth count that had a schedule of 31 names. According to Mr. Brown, “there are another 70 or so people who have been similarly captured and are still spinning and unidentified.” Glover “admits by his plea,” the speaker claimed, that he recorded the 35 women for “his own sexual gratification”.
The defendant, a bearded man with grey hair, did not look them in the eye as he listened from the safe dock as several of the ladies who had come to court to read their victim impact statements did. A few of the statements were summarized by Mr. Brown, who stated they spoke of “anxiety, stress, distress, feelings of degradation, feelings of stupidity at being caught by such a thing, feeling physically ill, and wary of images escaping into the wider sphere.”
Feels guilt, shame, and disgust at his behavior
Mohammed Latif, mitigating, said David Glover was of previous good character. He said that the “bulk of the victims” were recorded from 2014 to 2016, with one victim recorded in 2013 and one in 2017. “He feels guilt, shame, and disgust at his behavior,” he said. Judge Matthew Lowe said: “Following the breakdown of his marriage in 2011, this defendant sought to turn what had been a hobby into a business and began working as a professional photographer.”
He said the offending took place over at least four years, was “clearly planned offending” and some of the women in the footage appeared “completely naked”. The judge said the camera was “positioned on or near a mirror to make sure he got the view he wanted”, adding: “There’s evidence he at times removed obstacles.”
He sentenced Glover to 20 months in prison. The defendant was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, and his electronic devices that were used in the offending were confiscated.
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