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Former Bestinvest investment director escapes jail over indecent child images

Former Bestinvest investment director Nigel Parsons has been handed a three-year supervision order and must complete 120 hours on a sex offenders programme after pleading guilty to 14 charges, including voyeurism and the possession of 51 indecent images of children under the age of 10.

Parsons has also been handed a three-month curfew, during which he must remain within his home between 8pm and 6am.

Parsons, 34, hid his iPhone handset in the showers at Bestinvest’s offices to capture footage of workmates as they undressed. Two recordings on the phone were made in February at the firm’s Mayfair office.

A worker spotted the phone and found footage of her naked. Parsons, from High Wycombe, was identified as he filmed himself setting up the device.

He has been ordered to pay each of the three women he filmed £750 in compensation.

Parsons also admitted one count of distribution of an indecent image when he sent one image to another person through an online chat room.

Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court today, His Honour Judge Leonard QC said: “Nigel Parsons, the offences to which you have pleaded guilty are serious and, so far as the public is concerned, highly offensive.

“Using a camera to record work colleagues showering and changing is a despicable act, causing great distress to those concerned.

“The viewing of images of children under the age of 10 shows depravity on your part and in viewing them you are indirectly responsible, but responsible nonetheless, for those children being subject to appalling acts, causing them emotional and psychological damage.”


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  1. What a sorry tale this is. It is a little alarming that the punishment for this sort of offence is somewhat insignificant when compared against the huge financial penalties for mis-selling a product. One has to ask if we really have our values in the right places.

  2. Why on earth would employees be stripping naked at their offices ? A wash and brush up yes but naked ?

  3. Spot on Dominic – couldn`t have put it better myself

  4. Deeply disturbing on both counts.

    However, I sometimes wonder whether this behaviour is a former of mental illness that should be treated, rather than punished.

    In any event, his life is destroyed.

  5. The victims would have had more rights if they had been mis-sold a financial product Dominic.

  6. Really I dont think this is a newworthy story for Money Marketing. I expect to read stories of value to financial services or to my development as an adviser. This is not the place for personal gossip to take place. If I really want to read about this stuff I’ll buy the Sun on sunday

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