Detective Sergeant Benjamin McNish attempted to film a woman while she was bathing, but was spotted and caught when her victim noticed that a phone appeared above the door.
The victim, who cannot be identified, said she felt “confused and shocked” when she caught the Met Police constable outside her shower on 18 February 2019.
The 30-year-old, who was staying at the police residence for a course camden, attempted to film the woman using her iPhone, through the glass panel installed above the bathroom door.
When the woman saw the phone, she became concerned that someone was taking pictures of her and ran out of the bathroom in her towel to confront Mr. McNish.
Southwark Crown Court heard that the sergeant had used the shower just before the victim, claiming that he had returned to look for his razor, which he said was lost and from some work drink. First he needed to use for shaving.
He was apparently using his phone to do this because he had low vision, calling the device an “extension of my eyes.”
Following the incident, Mr McNish was arrested and suspended from the force awaiting misconduct proceedings.
In addition, he will be placed on a sex offender register for a total of seven years and will have to complete a sex offender program, attend rehabilitation and be paid £750.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Kleiman of the Met Police, who runs the East Area Command Unit, said Mr McNish’s behavior was “unacceptable”.
He said: “I would like to reiterate that this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“It is true that DS McNish has been held accountable for his actions as a result of this investigation.
“Though the offense was committed while off-duty, he will now face MPS misconduct proceedings. Consideration will be given to expedite these proceedings.”
Following the verdict, CPS’s Andrew Levine said: “Benjamin McNish was a serving policeman who witnessed a woman taking a bath without her consent for his sexual gratification.
“It was a private act that McNish had no right to see. He violated the privacy of the victim by spying on her in the bathroom. His actions were clearly illegal and completely unacceptable.”
“During the trial McNish claimed that he was using his phone to look for his razor by Sink, but prosecutors were able to prove to the jury that this was an absurd lie.”
Mr McNish comes from Benfleet Essex, is married with two children and was promoted to the rank of constable only three years after joining the weather police.