Pervert who took photo of naked woman getting changed in cubicle avoids jail

A woman has spoken out after becoming a victim of voyeurism after a man took a photo of her while she was naked in a cubicle and was only handed a caution over the incident.

Chole James, from Fleet in Hampshire, was getting changed at a tanning salon when a man reached his hand over the top of the cubicle and took a photo on August 18 this year.

The 22-year-old immediately went out to tell the owner of Tantastic in Aldershot, who asked to see the man’s phone but he refused, SurreyLive reports.

"I doubted myself, 'did I just see that?' I went out and told the owner and had a complete panic attack and started crying," said Chloe.

“He saw me walk into the cubicle, and then walked into the one next to me. I was just waiting for the bed to heat up, just standing there. Luckily, I just looked up and then I saw a phone. I just panicked.

"For him to get his phone over he would have had to have stood on a stool or sunbed or something. They're high walls."

Chloe, who has waived her right to anonymity, found out the man’s name and found him on Facebook.

As reported by SurreyLive, she messaged him and he responded by admitting to the offence.

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Chloe her evidence to police and the 36-year-old man from Aldershot was arrested on October 5.

He was given a conditional caution, ordered to pay £75 in compensation to Chloe and attend a Victim Awareness Course by January 25, 2022.

Chloe tried to appeal the decision but was told by police the case was not eligible.

"It's the first time he has done it, but I don't think this is just a random thing you just do,” said Chloe.

“He's probably done it before. I went to the police because if it happened to me, this could be the start of something worse."

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Chloe added: "It's unfair I am still having to deal with it, and he's got away with it. Sexual assault [and other sexual offences] is happening so much more often, nothing is getting done. There needs to be a change."

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: "As a force, we take all allegations of sexual offences very seriously, and we have specialist officers who provide a compassionate and professional response to victims.

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"Investigations into these offences are among the most complex that our officers carry out and cautioning offenders is just one example of formal action open to the police.

"When considering how best to deal with someone for any offence, we consider many factors including the circumstances of the case, the victim's welfare and whether they support a prosecution through the courts, whether there has been an admission of guilt, the offender's situation, and the ages of those involved.

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"Our officers are professional decision makers and on a daily basis make decisions about how to achieve the best outcome, when to give a community resolution, a conditional caution or pursue a charge with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

"We do take the victim's wishes into account. Officers are making decisions about whether it is fair and proportionate to give someone a criminal record for their first offence, when they've accepted responsibility, offered to remedy the crime, is considered unlikely to reoffend, and can be given a sanction that deters further offending.

"Cautions for the most serious offences are only used in exceptional circumstances and after advice is sought from the CPS."

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