update 14/07/14 More to come he had dozens of cameras, heaps of pen cameras and other stuff, computers, hard drives, stacks of pen drives. Dirty bastard knew exactly what he was doing! Sentenced but back out on appeal today a BIG JOKE
THREE well-concealed spy cameras. Seven seized computers. 19 hard drives. 84 data cards. Thousands of image files.
And a long list of victims who may never know their semi-naked bodies were secretly filmed in a cafe bathroom by Roger Hall.
The 61-year-old was jailed on Friday after pleading guilty to stalking, installing an optical surveillance device, making child porn, knowingly possessing child porn and visually capturing genitalia.
The Geelong Magistrates’ Court heard the married retiree hid three spy cameras in the unisex bathroom of a Geelong cafe where he was a customer and started systematically and obsessively documenting intimate images of strangers.
The name of the cafe has been suppressed to avoid damaging its reputation.
Hall, a regular customer at the cafe, filmed female staff members getting changed out of school uniforms, archived pictures of female genitalia, edited some videos to play in slow motion and even compiled images in files matching the victims’ names.
But despite the evidence Hall has maintained there was nothing sexual about his offending.
He claimed the cameras were set up to keep tabs on his elderly parents-in-law, who visited the cafe regularly, even though police prosecutor Senior-Sergeant Steve Iddles said almost every image was of women under 30.
And there were plenty of images for e-crime police to analyse.
Detectives evaluated just half of the seized items, which also included three pen cameras and 51 USBs, and uncovered 1111 video files and 303 images of people using the bathroom.
They also found 313 images and 151 videos of people in and around the cafe, which Hall used to match people’s faces to footage of them in the toilet.
Police also found 32 images of child pornography Hall had got from an external source.
The cafe owner, whose family members work at the cafe, said Hall’s crimes had a devastating affect on her personal relationships. “After this crime, I became very uncomfortable around my own husband and any other male,” she said in a victim impact statement.
“I get angry that I didn’t know what was happening so I could protect them from the violation I now feel.
“I now find myself not trusting anyone except for my family. I now look at most people and question what they are doing.”
As Hall sat in the front row, occasionally nodding at the evidence presented to the court and at other times staring at the floor and rocking, his wife of 29 years sat in the back row quietly crying.
When magistrate Ron Saines read out Hall’s sentence — 15 months in prison suspended after six — she burst into loud wails. As her husband was led into the dock she grabbed his hand and when she was led out of court she tearfully blew him a kiss.
Hall lived six decades without being in trouble with the law. He had held down a job and gained a university degree.
But, according to defence lawyer Michael Brugman, at some point “something broke in his mind”.
When handing down his sentence, Mr Saines said Hall was unlikely to reoffend, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, cooperated with police and expressed sincere remorse.
He also conceded his anxiety and depression were likely to worsen in custody but said the courts had a responsibility to denounce his behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
The only option, Mr Saines said, was to send him to prison.
“The general view of people in the community, but particularly women, would describe the conduct of the accused as highly depraved and indeed revolting,” Mr Saines said.
“The law is clear the courts must hold protection of the public as the most important objective.”
Hall will remain in prison until January 2015.
Hundreds of people captured on spy cam in Geelong cafe’s unisex bathroom
- Geelong Advertiser
- July 04, 2014
A MAN who hid three spy cameras in the unisex toilet of a Geelong cafe had captured thousands of images of people using the toilet and female staff getting changed, a court has heard.
Roger Hall, 61, from Grovedale, pleaded guilty at Geelong Magistrates Court yesterday to stalking, installing an optical surveillance device, producing child pornography, knowingly possess child porn and visually capture a person’s genitalia.
Prosecutor Senior-Sergeant Steve Iddles said a video camera was found under the basin in the toilet on May 9 last year.
A police search also uncovered two cameras strapped under a toilet cistern in the bathroom, which was used by staff and patrons.
When Hall, a cafe regular, attended the venue later that day he was questioned by police and made full admissions to owning the cameras.
But he said they were to keep an eye on elderly in-laws, who had recently had falls.
Sen-Sgt Iddles said police in the e-crime squad assessed only half the content and still found 1111 videos of people using the toilet as well as hundreds of images and other videos from around the cafe.
“Nearly all of the file subjects were female and appeared to be aged between 15 and 30 years of age,” he said.
“In a number of the files the subject was a child aged as young as three or four.
“In many instances the subject’s genitalia can be clearly seen.”
Sen-Sgt Iddles said as a result of viewing the material one officer with 20 years’ experience had to seek counselling and take time off work.
Defence lawyer Michael Brugman said Hall was deeply ashamed of his behaviour.
“He has wanted to be given an opportunity to say he is sorry and express his remorse,” Mr Brugman said.
“He has come to understand and believe … that something broke in his mind.”
He said his client, who has been married for 29 years, had undiagnosed mental health issues but was now receiving medical help.
Magistrate Ron Saines adjourned the matter for sentencing on July 11.