No one is above the law. Prosecutors said the officer was 'a swinging and sex-obsessed air observer' who was referred to as the 'team deviant' by other members of the air support unit at South Yorkshire Police. Adrian Pogmore pictured today admitted filming a couple having sex and naked sunbathers from a police helicopter Judge Kelson told Pogmore, who was in tears as he was sentenced: Nobody is above the law.
The woman said that since she found out about the filming she found it very difficult to deal with the police as she was not sure which officers may have viewed the footage, and added: But the judge said he also took into account Pogmore's 22 year police service, which included a number of commendations, including one for saving the life of an year-old boy.
Judge Kelson said he understood the huge impact this case had had on the officer's family after 'something in the region of 15 to 20 minutes of misconduct in a 22 year police career'. The judge said he found it an 'immensely difficult' sentencing exercise and said: The judge said he was also aware the 13th century law of misconduct in a public office was 'very much under review' and had been criticised by the Lord Chief Justice.
Earlier, John Ryder QC, defending, told the judge he accepted that there was no culture of misconduct within the air support unit but there was a macho culture he would categorise as 'coarse locker room humour rather than anything more sinister'. These are the shocking scenes captured on camera by former police officer Adrian Pogmore from a South Yorkshire Police helicopter that led to him being jailed for a year Pogmore filmed the couple having sex as well as naked people sunbathing on three other occasions The couple he filmed knew Pogmore and were aware they were being watched, with the woman pictured waving to the camera, but they did not know they were being filmed Mr Ryder said Pogmore had always admitted what he had done, was visibly upset about the impact on those he filmed and 'feels a strong sense of shame'.
It was thoughtless and foolish. But it was not motivated by anything more sinister than that. But Mr Ryder added: The court heard how Pogmore had been friends with the couple for a number of years and he had previously had sex with the woman himself. The court heard the woman involved was 'extremely embarrassed' the video had come to the attention of police The couple, pictured, said they had since left the 'swinging scene' and were trying to put the incident behind them The court heard how Pogmore had been friends with the couple for a number of years In a statement released by the court, the couple said they left the swinging scene in and have been trying to put it behind them.
In her statement, the woman said the couple would have sex in their garden as frequently as once a week 'when the weather allowed' between and The three videos of people sunbathing naked were made between August and July He used high-tech equipment to zoom in on naked bodies and, in the first offence where he filmed a naked mother sunbathing, also captured footage of her three daughters wearing bikinis, including one who was eight-years-old.
The second video featured an year-old man sitting naked outside a caravan in Doncaster and the third was of a naked couple sunbathing at their Rotherham home.
Of the misuse of police equipment by Pogmore - who pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office - Mr Quinn said: It is hard to imagine a greater or more inappropriate breach of trust. A police spokesman said that despite the not guilty verdicts, disciplinary proceedings would continue against the four officers.
Matthew Lucas right was found not guilty of three counts. They are pictured at a previous hearing in July Lee Walls left was found not guilty of one count. Malcom Reeves right was also found not guilty to one count. Lucas, of Sheffield, was found not guilty to three counts. Walls, of Sheffield, was found not guilty of one count. Reeves, also of Sheffield, was also found not guilty to one count.