A man has been sentenced to six months in prison after secretly filming a young girl as she dressed and undressed.

Cark Ediker, 42 from Harewood Road, Chelmsford installed a camera outside the teenager’s home to secretly film her in June 2016. He had been downloading the footage of her dressing and undressing to his computer.

Ediker was sentenced on Friday November 3 to a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years, 120 hours of unpaid work and seven years on the sex offenders register.

The court heard how, acting on intelligence that he was downloading indecent images of children, officers executed a warrant at Ediker’s home on November 8, 2016.

Police seized a computer tower and hard drive which were found to contain:
Three Category A – the most serious level of abuse imagery  - moving images and stills, two Category B images and stills and three Category C images and stills.
During a search of his computer equipment officers also found several films which he had recorded of the teenager, which depicted her undressing.
Ediker was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of voyeurism.
He pleaded guilty to all of the charges.

He was also made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and ordered to take part in a sex offender group work programme.
Following the sentencing investigating officer PC Clair Ward said: “Not only was Ediker downloading indecent images of children, but he preyed on a young girl, installing a camera to covertly film her.
“He completely violated the young girl’s privacy and through the support of the girl’s mother, additional evidence was able to be presented to the court.
“Nothing is more important than protecting our children and Essex Police has and will continue to proactively target those viewing, downloading or making indecent images of children.
“If you are committing this crime we will knock on your door and we will put you before the courts.”
Ediker is one of more than 40 offenders arrested during a crackdown aimed at targeting offenders downloading, making and distributing indecent images of children online.
Over the last eleven months, using an intelligence-led approach, a dedicated team of specialist officers have targeted those carrying out this type of offence. 
The team have worked alongside and in support of Essex Police’s existing specialist Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (CAIT).