April 2022

South Shields voyeur who planted camera in girl’s room jailed

A pervert who planted a secret camera in a teenage girl’s bedroom for his own sexual gratification has been jailed.

Ryan France secretly set up the device at his teenage victim’s home without her knowledge between September 2018 and May 2019.

There he disturbingly captured various clips of the girl including as she was getting dressed and spending time with her boyfriend.

But the 25-year-old’s deception was exposed when another female spotted the illegal images on his phone and subsequently contacted police.

Upon searching his device further, officers found a series of sexualised chats with other parties which suggested France had the intention of distributing the illicit images that he had stored of his victim.

France, formerly of Callum Drive, South Shields, admitted four counts of voyeurism, three counts of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing an indecent image of a child with the intent to distribute when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court in February.

On March 25, he was jailed for three-and-a-half years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.