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Officer convicted of voyeurism receives suspended sentence

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 20:00 BST

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been sentenced for a voyeurism offence which occurred while he was off-duty.

Detective Sergeant Benjamin McNish, of the East Area Command Unit, was convicted on Thursday, 10 June of observing a person doing a private act contrary to Section 67(1) and (5) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 14 July where he was sentenced to 20-weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He will be placed on the sex offender’s register for seven years.

He has also been ordered to complete a sexual offenders’ programme, attend rehabilitation and pay £750 in costs.

The charge relates to an incident that occurred on 18 February 2019 at an address in Camden. McNish was staying in police accommodation while on a course.

He used his phone to film through a glass panel above the bathroom door while a female resident was showering. She saw the phone, got out of the shower and confronted him.

The police were called and McNish was arrested at the scene. 

He has been suspended from duty since his arrest and following his conviction, misconduct proceedings will now take place.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, who is in charge of the East Area Command Unit, said: “I would like to reiterate that this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It is right that DS McNish has been held to account for his actions as a result of this investigation.

“Although the offence was committed whilst off-duty, he will now face MPS misconduct proceedings. Consideration will be given to accelerating these proceedings.”