Dad-of-three jailed after wife found collection of 'upskirt' videos and told police

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
·1-min read
Jonathan Drake took hundreds of 'upskirting' shots of women without their knowledge. (Wales News)
Jonathan Drake took hundreds of 'upskirting' shots of women without their knowledge. (Wales News)

A father-of-three has been jailed over his secret collection of “upskirting” videos that came to light after they were discovered by his wife.

Property developer Jonathan Drake, 47, kept hundreds of clips of women that he had filmed without their permission on the computer at his home in Wenvoe, Wales.

The collection, amassed over a three-year period, also included shots of women in public toilets.

Drake’s wife Rachel contacted South Wales Police after she discovered the clips, and her husband was arrested in January 2019.

Jonathan Drake admitted voyeurism and exposure but denied being sexually motivated. (Wales News)
Jonathan Drake admitted voyeurism and exposure but denied being sexually motivated. (Wales News)

Prosecutor Ieuan Bennett told Cardiff Crown Court that images and video footage were found “on a number of devices” at Drake’s home.

The court heard how Drake exposed himself in some of the videos, while also telling one victim who confronted him: “Sorry, I go commando.”

Beverley Cripps, defending, said: "It is disturbing to see how such a man could have reduced himself to this offending."

Jonathan Drake was jailed for 14 months at Cardiff Crown Court. (Wikipedia)
Jonathan Drake was jailed for 14 months at Cardiff Crown Court. (Wikipedia)

Drake, who said he was “deeply ashamed” of what he had done, admitted voyeurism and exposure but denied being sexually motivated.

Judge Richard Williams told Drake he "indulged" himself by taking pictures of women during "contrived situations".

He said: "You have little insight into the harm you have caused."

Drake was jailed for 14 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.