Detective who used spy cameras to film naked women found guilty of misconduct

The 40-year-old was given a three-year term after admitting voyeurism offences.
The 40-year-old was given a three-year term after admitting voyeurism offences.

A SENIOR police officer who used hidden spy cameras to film naked women has been found guilty of misconduct.

Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, posed as an airline pilot to book models for photoshoots in Brighton, Greater London and Manchester, before planting the gadgets in hotel rooms, flats and Airbnbs.

The 40-year-old was given a three-year term after admitting voyeurism offences.

At a misconduct hearing held on Monday, Scotland Yard found that Corbel, who resigned after being suspended by the Met would have been fired had he not already quit.

Corbel was not on duty at the time of the offences.

Investigating officer, Marcus Barnett said: “DI Corbel’s offences are extremely serious and following his guilty plea we held a misconduct hearing as soon as possible.

“The outcome of that has been to determine that had DI Corbel still been a serving officer, he would have been immediately dismissed without notice.

“I am truly disappointed by DI Corbel’s actions which are not at all representative of the high values and standards we expect, and I am saddened by the pain and hurt that he has caused and would pay tribute to the brave women that came forward”.

Corbel hid in everyday items, including tissue boxes, phone chargers, air fresheners, glasses, keys and headphones, to video his unsuspecting victims for up to four hours.

The married father-of-two a former counter-terrorism officer, was caught after a model, who had agreed to pose naked for a photo shoot, became suspicious of a digital clock.

An internet search of the brand name revealed the device was a high-end spyware video-recording device which could be controlled from a smartphone.

When he was arrested, Corbel told police he was addicted to pornography and officers found images of 51 women on his hard drive, with 19 victims, including 16 models and three escorts, agreeing to make statements against him.

Judge Martin Edmunds QC jailed Corbel for a total of three years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday for the offences areas between January 2017 and February 2020.

“You used a range of deceptions to induce women to take off their clothes in your presence so you could record videos for your sexual gratification,” he told Corbel.

“You did so using multiple strategically placed covert cameras, sometimes as many as nine.”

The judge said the victims “were entitled to have the personal autonomy” and each had set “clear boundaries”.

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