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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 herself 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 filmed £750 in compensation.

Parsons also admitted one count of distribution of an indecent image after sending an image to another person through an online chat room.

Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court this week, judge Mr Justice Leonard QC said: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty are serious and, so far as the public is concerned, highly offensive.”

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