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Former police officer convicted of voyeurism

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A FORMER police officer has been convicted of voyeurism.

Jayson Lobo, 48, of Woodfold Park, Mellor, was found guilty of 11 counts of voyeurism relating to seven women following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was cleared of a further seven counts.

He had denied all the charges.

He will be sentenced in October.

Lobo, a former Lancashire police constable, was sacked from the force for Gross Misconduct in August 2016 after a Special Case Hearing found he had shared details, commentary and images from police incidents. This misconduct was entirely unconnected to the criminal matters.

During the trial Liverpool Crown Court heard that Lobo had secretly filmed women with whom he had been in sexual relationships between 2011 and 2015 and stored the images and videos on secure ‘vaults’ on his mobile phones.

The offending came to light following a complaint to police in 2015 and following an extensive investigation the other victims were revealed.

None of the offending was committed while Lobo was on duty, although he did identify himself as a police officer on the internet dating site where he met most of the women.

Lancashire's Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said: "As soon as the complaint was made against Jayson Lobo we instigated a full, thorough and proportionate investigation into what he had done, behaviour which was clearly completely unacceptable of a serving officer. His actions not only tarnish his own reputation but that of the vast majority of officers and staff in Lancashire Constabulary  who serve our communities with professionalism, compassion and dedication day in and day out.

"I would like to reassure our communities that wherever we find malpractice and wrongdoing within Lancashire we will root it out to ensure that people can have confidence and trust in us.

"Finally I would like to commend the victims in this case for having the courage to come forward and the strength to pursue these allegations through to this welcome conviction. This successful outcome would not have been possible without them."

Detective Inspector Tom Edmondson, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Jayson Lobo has shown a blatant disregard for these women who were fully entitled to feel that these intimate encounters should not have been recorded without their consent. He has ridden roughshod over their dignity to satisfy his own sexual gratification.

“Coming forward to give evidence cannot have been easy for the victims, given the circumstances, and I would like to thank them and commend them for their bravery.”

 

 

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