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Neath phone salesman copied nude photos of customers from their mobiles

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

Mobile phone salesman Lee Hawkes who downloaded nude pictures of customers from their mobile phones and transferred them to his computer.

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A MOBILE phone salesman from Neath secretly copied nude photos of pretty women customers from their phones - then transferred them onto his own computer.

Sales manager Lee Hawkes downloaded dozens of raunchy images of two women who took their mobile phones in for repair.

Police raided his shop and found 48 images of a woman in her twenties in a series of different nude poses.

There were a further 135 sexually explicit images of a woman in her thirties.

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A court heard balding Hawkes, 35, transferred the pictures from the women's mobiles onto his own phone - then downloaded them onto his home computer.

Prosecutor Rachel Knight said: "Hawkes persuaded the first woman to invest in a new phone.

"She was concerned about losing personal information on it and he offered to assist her.

"Staff at the shop were allowed to transfer contact numbers but nothing more than that.

"When she left her old phone Hawkes saw it contained very personal, naked and explicit pictures of her.

"He put the images into his own phone before transferring them onto his computer."

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard Hawkes was helping the woman customer in her thirties with her phone when explicit images sent to her by a man popped onto the screen.

Prosecutor Miss Knight said: "She trusted Hawkes but he put the images onto a memory stick before transferring them to his computers."

The court heard a colleague at the Get Connected shop in Brecon, Powys, was "gobsmacked" when Hawkes showed him the images.

Police were brought in after a complaint by staff at the shop.

Miss Knight told the court: "He accessed the images repeatedly in a flagrant breach of trust."

The court heard Hawkes was initially re-employed by the company in a different role but had since lost his job.

Hawkes admitted one charge of voyeurism and two of unauthorised access to data.

Lucy Crowther, defending, said: "He is absolutely ashamed of his behaviour and is genuinely remorseful.

"He was overwhelmed by the consequences that followed."

Judge Richard Twomlow said the first victim said in her victim impact statement that she had been affected mentally and psychologically.

He said: "She was living in a small community and she doesn't know what has been seen and by whom."

Judge Twomlow jailed Hawkes for four months but suspended the sentence for 12 months. He was also put on the sex offenders register.

Pc Gareth Tanswell said after the case: "This was an unusual investigation - and the victims in this case were our priority from the outset.

"People's mobiles carry a vast amount of personal data and images these days, and they expect to be able to trust those that they give access to them for repair, maintenance or for advice purposes.

"It must be emphasised that these were the actions of one individual and this is a very unusual case.

"But if anyone has any concerns or suspects that someone has accessed and used their data and images without their consent they should contact police."


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  • Hadoken736645  |  April 08 2014, 2:02AM

    Why do women keep nude photos' of themselves on a phone? Probably became most of them are on dogging sites and these are the profile pics they upload.

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  • Jack_Peters  |  April 07 2014, 10:11PM

    Why do they take such pictures of themselves - Egotism. . Why did he look at them - Voyerism. . But which is best? . There's only one way to find out - "F-I-G-H-T"

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  • Lunkhed  |  April 07 2014, 8:43PM

    Going bald - or blind?

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  • mallam  |  April 07 2014, 8:16PM

    If he'd had a full head of hair it would have made a significant difference?

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  • neathguard  |  April 07 2014, 7:57PM

    Why do women keep nude photos' of themselves on a phone?

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  • christhejac  |  April 07 2014, 3:56PM

    These things only happen in Neath Lol

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  • DDTrebs  |  April 07 2014, 3:54PM

    "A court heard balding Hawkes, 35, transferred the pictures......" What difference does his appearance make? Why is this relevant?

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