A GREATER Manchester Police officer has been sentenced for possessing dozens of indecent videos, which were found on his computer and mobile phones.
Kevin Dwyer, of Sunny Bank Close, Newton-le-Willows, was yesterday given a three-year community order, ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years, was issued a five year Sexual Offenders Prevention Order and was ordered to attend a Sex Offenders course.
The 39-year-old had pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to two counts of voyeurism and 10 counts of outraging public decency.
Dwyer was a serving officer with GMP at the time of the arrest and was suspended from duty for the course of the investigation.
On Thursday, May 15, 2014, a warrant was executed at Dwyer’s home address and officers carried out a search of the property.
They seized three computers, a Sony Camcorder, an iPad, a mobile phone and a number of memory cards, which were sent to GMP’s High Tech Crime Unit and were forensically examined.
A significant number of videos containing footage filmed up women’s skirts and of people engaging in private acts in their own home, in Manchester, Chester and Warrington, were found.
Dwyer is currently suspended from duty and following the conviction and sentence, GMP will now begin the misconduct proceedings.
Det Insp Chris Packer from GMP’s Counter Corruption Unit, said: “When officers searched Dwyer’s house they seized his mobile phones and when they were examined by officers from the High Tech Crime Unit, a catalogue of indecent videos were uncovered that he had filmed over the course of a number of years.
“These videos were filmed without the knowledge of his victims; showing a complete lack of regard for their privacy for his own sexual pleasure.
“The conduct of former PC Kevin Dwyer fell well short of what is expected of a police officer.
“Police officers, staff and the communities of Greater Manchester would be appalled by his actions, which detract from the hard work that our officers and staff do on a daily basis.
“GMP expects the very highest standards of all its officers and staff.
“They should be honest and act with integrity and should not compromise or abuse their position.
“When we receive information or intelligence that someone is involved in such immoral activity we will take decisive and robust action.”
If anyone has concerns about any of the issues mentioned or feels they may have been a victim of voyeurism please call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.