Man jailed over secret filming and possessing child images

A man's been jailed for possessing indecent images of children, as well as filming people in toilets and changing areas.

Police found more than 745 voyeuristic images and movies of customers filmed by 56 year-old man Michael Gaffney, of Collard Avenue in Newcastle, while he was employed at McDonalds in Hanley between 2012 and 2014.

It took more than 14 months for officers to analyse everything that had seized when they arrested him at his home in November 2014, after a mobile phone was found in his jacket pocket secretly recording people in private areas of the restaurant.

Further material seized included a video camera containing hours of covertly recorded footage from the 1990’s of children playing in the street and school yard opposite what appears to be Gaffney's bedroom window.  

After the completion of the analysis, he was re-arrested in February 2016 in connection with the new evidence from the digital forensics, and further media seized which included indecent images of children downloaded from the internet.

Gaffney has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for admitting 12 counts of voyeurism and 6 of possession of indecent images of children. He was also handed a 10 year sex offenders notification requirement.

DC Kramer Caldwell of Staffordshire Police said: "Gaffney was a devious predator who cultivated a friendly persona to hoodwink his victims. He violated the privacy of customers who had a right to expect it to be respected. He abused the trust people placed in him.

"He was not deterred by his arrest and continued to download indecent images of children from the web, even while he was being investigated. 

"We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and, even if it takes a long time to gather the evidence, we will bring offenders like him to justice."



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