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Ex-marine jailed for covert filming of women in changing rooms in Edinburgh

John Sharp Image copyright Ciaran Donnelly
Image caption John Sharp, 48, was working as a porter in Edinburgh when he put hidden cameras in a changing room

A porter who covertly filmed female colleagues taking their clothes off in a changing room in Edinburgh has been jailed for 22 months.

Former Royal Marine commando John Sharp, 48, was working in the Bruntsfield area when he put hidden cameras in a room used for changing.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Sharp recorded the women stripping out of their uniforms.

He stored the illicit footage on a home computer.

Sharp - who was jailed for four years in 2001 for abusing two children - was caught after police arrived at his home in July 2012 after a tip-off that he may have been downloading child porn.

The court heard that police turned up at his house unannounced and he allowed them to search a laptop he owned.

Officers discovered a total of 889 images and two films that showed children being abused.

They then also found the images of the women undressing in the changing rooms.

Sharp, from Edinburgh, pleaded guilty last month before Sheriff Donald Corke to possessing child pornography and breaching the Sexual Offences Act.

Sentence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court had been deferred for background reports.

Defence solicitor Nigel Beaumont told the court that his client had been traumatised as a consequence of his time in the Royal Marines.

Mr Beaumont also said he had also witnessed people being sexually abused as a youngster.

Sheriff Corke also placed Sharp on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

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