Voyeurist hacked into webcams and used hidden devices to watch families at Butlin's

A voyeurist hacked into webcams to record people in their homes and used hidden devices to watch families at Butlin's, a court heard. John Wood, 42, used surveillance software to accumulate 1,400 clips of people in their properties and having sex, as well as making 300 of his own videos capturing people in private places. The father of one positioned some of the cameras in the changing rooms at Butlin's in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Swindon Crown Court heard. His stash of illicit material was discovered during an investigation by a cyber crime unit into another prominent video hacker, from whom Wood had previously purchased software. The clips were made between 2011 and 2016, and were linked to 45 different IP addresses. Wood, formerly of Minety, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and two charges under the Computer Misuse Act. Judge Peter Crabtree handed him a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, for what he described as a "systematic campaign of voyeurism over a period of six years". Nicholas Wragg, defending, said his client had been diagnosed with various mental disorders including autism, hoarding disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. "The defendant's understanding of the harm he has done to others has not been done on an emotional level, because he lacks that capacity," he said. "It has been on a purely intellectual level that he had come to learn of that impact on others. That is so difficult for people who have that ability to understand and appreciate it." Wood must complete the Horizon sex offender rehabilitation programme, 30 rehabilitation activity days and 100 hours of unpaid work. He must also abide by a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and his name will remain on the sex offenders' register for ten years. The judge warned Wood that if he breached the terms of his suspended sentence then he would be jailed. In statements read to the court, Wood's victims said they felt "vulnerable and violated" and "absolutely shocked and disgusted". One of his victims, a London man whose home security camera was hacked into, said: "It made me feel vulnerable and violated that the sanctity of our home has been accessed." Another of his victims, who had been filmed using the toilet, said she was "absolutely shocked and disgusted that he'd deliberately made recordings of me behind closed doors". Another woman added: "The truth is it's frustrating to think there are people out there that do things like this." Prosecutor Russell Pyne said the authorities had been chasing super-hacker Colton Grubbs, whose software LuminosityLink allows users to spy on people. This investigation led them to Wood, as he had bought the software in July 2015, although there was no evidence he had used it.

Voyeurist hacked into webcams and used hidden devices to watch families at Butlin's

A voyeurist hacked into webcams to record people in their homes and used hidden devices to watch families at Butlin's, a court heard.

John Wood, 42, used surveillance software to accumulate 1,400 clips of people in their properties and having sex, as well as making 300 of his own videos capturing people in private places.

The father of one positioned some of the cameras in the changing rooms at Butlin's in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Swindon Crown Court heard.

His stash of illicit material was discovered during an investigation by a cyber crime unit into another prominent video hacker, from whom Wood had previously purchased software.

The clips were made between 2011 and 2016, and were linked to 45 different IP addresses.

Wood, formerly of Minety, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and two charges under the Computer Misuse Act.

Judge Peter Crabtree handed him a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, for what he described as a "systematic campaign of voyeurism over a period of six years".

Nicholas Wragg, defending, said his client had been diagnosed with various mental disorders including autism, hoarding disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

"The defendant's understanding of the harm he has done to others has not been done on an emotional level, because he lacks that capacity," he said.

"It has been on a purely intellectual level that he had come to learn of that impact on others. That is so difficult for people who have that ability to understand and appreciate it."

Wood must complete the Horizon sex offender rehabilitation programme, 30 rehabilitation activity days and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He must also abide by a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and his name will remain on the sex offenders' register for ten years.

The judge warned Wood that if he breached the terms of his suspended sentence then he would be jailed.

In statements read to the court, Wood's victims said they felt "vulnerable and violated" and "absolutely shocked and disgusted".

One of his victims, a London man whose home security camera was hacked into, said: "It made me feel vulnerable and violated that the sanctity of our home has been accessed."

Another of his victims, who had been filmed using the toilet, said she was "absolutely shocked and disgusted that he'd deliberately made recordings of me behind closed doors".

Another woman added: "The truth is it's frustrating to think there are people out there that do things like this."

Prosecutor Russell Pyne said the authorities had been chasing super-hacker Colton Grubbs, whose software LuminosityLink allows users to spy on people.

This investigation led them to Wood, as he had bought the software in July 2015, although there was no evidence he had used it.