A 'sex-obsessed' former police officer is currently sitting behind the bars after he filmed a couple who has having an intimate moment together.
The former police officer who was identified as Adrian Pogmore invaded a couple's privacy after he filmed them having while he was on his chopper. In the said footage, the woman could even be seen waving to Pogmore, indicating that they knew the officer but they had no idea that they were already being filmed.
Sentencing Pogmore, Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: "You, quite literally, considered yourself above the law. No one is above the law."
The prosecutors stated that the former officer was a 'swinging and sex-obsessed air observer' who films different people while he's on his chopper.
Judge Kelson told Pogmore, who was in tears as he was sentenced: "In short, you used a £2 million helicopter which costs something like 1,000 dollars (sic) an hour to run to advance your own sexual curiosities when it should have been detecting crime."
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The prosecutors also lectured him and said that instead of lessening the crime, he himself is even committing a crime!
And since the judge believes that Pogmore's actions were offensive and invasive, he decided to call him a rogue police officer.
Judge Kelson said: "So strong were your sexual urges that you were willing to take, and did take, substantial risks of being detected by your colleagues in the helicopter at the time."
He added: "You spied on and recorded these naked people from a height of 1,000ft. You, quite literally, considered yourself above the law. Nobody is above the law."
The judge also said that what he has done had severely damaged public confidence in the police
"If you can't trust the police, who can you trust?" The victim stated adding that she doesn't know who to trust especially now that she doesn't know which police officers have already watched her private video.
Obviously, this private video has a great impact on the victim's life.
The judge said he found it an 'immensely difficult' sentencing exercise and said: '"I'm as acutely aware as anyone else that without the thin blue line this country would fall into anarchy." This is a difficult task for him to sentence the police officer because he knows that the 22-year police career of Pogmore will be ruined.
Meanwhile, the couple stated that they were actually doing the intimate act in their garden to put up a show for Pogmore since he had been good friends with them for a couple of years and even previously had S*x with the woman.
The victim said: "Now that we have moved on with our lives and are no longer involved in the swinging scene, I am extremely embarrassed that this had come to light and been brought to the attention of the police."
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It turns out that this isn't the first time that Pogmore filmed a person. In fact, back in 2007 to 2012, he had filmed naked people who were sunbathing wherein he used a high-tech equipment to zoom in on their naked bodies. The first offense that he had was when he filmed a naked mom who sunbathed with her three daughters who were also wearing their bikinis. The second one was when he filmed an 81-year-old man naked outside a caravan in Doncaster and the third was when he filmed a couple who was naked while sunbathing at their home.
The authorities then stated that Pogmore had misused the Police chopper for his desires and to satisfy his needs.
Below are some of the statements of Michael Quinn, the Senior District Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside:
'The police helicopter is a valuable resource and one which properly deployed justifies its vast cost and operating expense."
"It is utterly deplorable that the helicopter was misused by this defendant for his own gratification and amusement."
"It need hardly be said that this was a gross violation of the privacy of those members of the public filmed, as well as a significant misuse of the helicopter and its equipment. It is hard to imagine a greater or more inappropriate breach of trust."