A “well-regarded” clergyman who filmed men using a public toilet in a shopping centre has been sentenced to a suspended four-month jail term.
The Very Rev Martin Thrower admitted two counts of voyeurism at an earlier hearing at Norwich Crown Court.
William Carter, prosecuting, said the 56-year-old rector was caught when a 17-year-old heard a noise above him as he sat on the toilet at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich, Suffolk.
The teenager saw someone’s hand holding a mobile phone that was filming him over the cubicle partition. He grabbed the phone and Thrower was arrested.
Judge Katharine Moore, sentencing on Thursday, told Thrower he had been “well-regarded” by those he helped, adding he had been a listening ear “in times of great sadness and some in happier times”.
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