Police officer, 32, used waterproof iPhone to secretly film naked female colleague showering in next cubicle of unisex locker room, court hears
- PC Jonathan Eaton, 32, has been accused of secretly filming a female colleague in the shower
- He was in a cubicle next to her in the unisex locker room of Gloucester Police Headquarters
- The court heard that Eaton came out of the shower ‘bone dry’ after being challenged
- He allegedly deleted and backed up photos from iPhone before being arrested
A Gloucestershire police officer reportedly used a waterproof iPhone to secretly film a naked female colleague showering in a unisex locker room at police headquarters after a workout at the gym.
PC Jonathan Eaton, 32, is accused of observing and recording the female officer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pretending to wash in the booth next to her.
Prosecutors told Newport Crown Court that the alleged incident took place in the unisex locker rooms of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s headquarters in Waterwells, Quedgeley on February 27, 2019.
After the female officer challenged Eaton, the police officer called in sick and went home to Brockworth, where he allegedly deleted the photos from his phone and backed up the contents.
Eaton, who was training to become a detective, was arrested and suspended by the police the same day.
He has denied the charge of voyeurism, claiming that he was in the shower next to his female colleague because his hair was sticking up and he needed water pressure to hold it.
However, a jury heard he was ‘bone dry’ when the shocked female officer ran out of the showers to challenge him.
PC Jonathan Eaton, 32, is accused of observing and recording the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pretending to wash in the booth next to her
Matthew Roberts sued the court, telling the court that the police officer had searched the internet for photos and backups before deleting the search history on the cell phone.
“The female officer was showering in a booth and drying off on a bench when she saw a phone under the partition,” Mr. Roberts said.
“It was face up and the officer realized she was being photographed or filmed.”
He added: ‘Later that morning when the police arrested Eaton, they found that his phone had been factory reset at 9:36 AM, with all evidence erased from it.
A subsequent investigation showed that Mr. Eaton had left Waterwells at 8:03 a.m. and was home at 8:59 a.m. and within 40 minutes the phone was reset.
‘Anyone who uses shower facilities at work has the right to privacy, colleagues have the right to mutual trust and respect. Eaton arrogantly and shamelessly abused that trust.
Prosecutors told Newport Crown Court that the alleged incident took place in the unisex locker rooms of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s headquarters in Quedgeley on February 27, 2019.
The prosecution says this: Mr. Eaton’s story in an interview is nothing short of incredible. Enter a shower stall fully clothed to use the pressure of a showerhead to style your hair, but come out bone dry.
“This hides the reality of what Eaton was doing with his phone.”
The jury was shown a two-minute video of the unisex changing rooms at the Gloucestershire Constabulary headquarters.
The woman ran out of the shower cubicle shouting “stop that man” as Eaton tried to leave, Newport Crown Court heard.
Eaton later admitted to being in the adjacent cubicle and using the shower to wet his hair, but he reportedly came out of the cubicle ‘bone dry’.
Mr. Roberts said, “He said he needed the high-pressure shower to model his hair that was sticking up. But he came out bone dry from the shower cubicle.
There is no doubt that it was the defendant’s phone – it has a waterproof case with a blue border around it. Police colleagues are entitled to mutual trust and respect – the defendant has arrogantly and blatantly abused that trust. ‘
The female officer told the court that the phone was in hand when she saw it in a ‘split second’ after a 45-minute workout in the gym.
“I was naked and about to put my foot in a flip flop when I saw the phone,” she said. ‘It stood out in my cubicle – I couldn’t believe it. I grabbed my towel and flew out of the locker room shouting ‘stop that man’.
The process continues.