Former UK counterterrorism officer pleaded guilty to 19 voyeurism offenses in which he posed as a pilot secretly filming nude models using spy cameras after staging fake photoshoots
LONDON – Former British counterterrorism officer pleaded guilty on Monday to 19 voyeurism offenses in which he posed as a pilot secretly filming nude models using spy cameras after staging fake photo ops .
Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Neil Corbel has admitted the offenses, which are said to be unrelated to his work as an officer, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London. He will appear in court on October 4 for sentencing.
The 40-year-old used devices hidden in objects such as tissue boxes, phone chargers, an air freshener and glasses to film his unsuspecting victims. He booked models on websites giving false details and pretending to be a pilot, then planted the cameras in hotel rooms, apartments and Airbnbs.
Corbel was arrested after a woman, who had agreed to pose for a nude photoshoot, became suspicious of a digital clock and discovered it was a spy camera.
Police found images of 51 women on Corbel’s hard drive and were able to identify 19 victims ready to make statements against him. The infringements took place in the London, Manchester and Brighton areas from January 2017 to February 2020.
Prosecutor Babatunde Alabi said only one victim agreed to be filmed and that they were escorts, who agreed to have sex with Corbel but not to be filmed. He also said two models had a relationship with the officer.
“He admitted that he was doing it, or recording them, for his own sexual satisfaction and admitted that most of the models were not aware of the video,” he said.
The Met said Corbel will also be subject to malpractice proceedings.
“It is essential that the public feel they can trust the police and, if an officer undermines that trust, it is important that their crimes be fully and rigorously investigated,” the superintendent said in Chief Detective Marcus Barnett.