Fire­fighter filmed woman in shower through win­dow

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A FIRE­FIGHTER filmed a woman in the shower by fas­ten­ing a cam­era phone to a long stick and pok­ing it through her bath­room win­dow.

Si­mon John Dou­glas Roach, 39, twice took images of his naked vic­tim - get­ting away with it the first time but be­ing caught on his sec­ond at­tempt.

Af­ter ‘ex­press­ing re­morse’ through his so­lic­i­tor at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court, Roach es­caped jail.

Mag­is­trates de­cided to suspend his four-month prison sen­tence for two years on Thurs­day but or­dered him to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for seven years.

Roach, from Wilm­slow, had been found guilty of two counts of voyeurism fol­low­ing a trial at the same court ear­lier this month.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Karen Saffman said that Roach, who has since left his job as a fire­fighter, had used his mo­bile phone to make the record­ings on Novem­ber 29 and De­cem­ber 2 last year.

He was ar­rested af­ter his vic­tim saw what was hap­pen­ing and called po­lice.

But defending, Shirley Fit­ton told the court that Roach had not shared the images so that other peo­ple could see them and his at­tempts at film­ing had not even worked.

She said: “He had to give that job (as a fire­fighter) up be­fore the trial.

“Part of his sen­tence is that he will never be able to go back. He en­joyed that job and what he gave to the com­mu­nity. He has a sense of loss.”

Mag­is­trates also im­posed a re­strain­ing or­der, £500 com­pen­sa­tion for the vic­tim, £620 costs and told Roach to com­plete a sex of­fender treat­ment pro­gramme.

Chair of the bench Eileen Carr said: “This , of­fence is se­ri­ous. It took place in the vic­tim’s home and her naked im­age was recorded.

“There was an el­e­ment of plan­ning. This has had a large im­pact on her.”

Roach, of Lacey Green, de­clined to com­ment af­ter the case.

A spokes­woman for Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice con­firmed Si­mon Roach worked for them as an on call fire­fighter for seven years and re­signed in 2017.

Si­mon Roach, who formerly worked for Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, was found guilty of two counts of voyeurism

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