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Police sergeant, 29, ‘tried to secretly film female colleague in the shower’

Police sergeant, 29, ‘tried to secretly film female colleague in the shower – sparking officers to probe his phone and find video of woman performing a sex act on dog’

  • Det Sgt. Benjamin McNish, 29, allegedly trained his iPhone on the female officer 
  • The police sergeant from Essex appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ today  
  • His solicitor indicated he would plead not guilty to two charges at later date 

A police detective tried to secretly film a female colleague in the shower, sparking a trawl of his items which found extreme animal pornography, a court heard.  

Det Sgt. Benjamin McNish, 29, allegedly trained his iPhone on the female officer through the shower door. 

When the woman spotted the iPhone, it suddenly moved away, according to prosecutors.   

Police later seized McNish’s phone and other electronics and discovered a disturbing video of another woman receiving oral sex from a dog.  

The sergeant appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ court today charged with observing a person doing a private act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, knowing that the person did not consent to being observed for your sexual gratification.

McNish, from Benfleet, Essex, is also charged with one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Det Sgt. Benjamin McNish, 29, (arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ today) allegedly trained his iPhone camera on the female officer through the shower door

He did not enter an official plea, but his solicitor indicted he would plead not guilty.  

McNish appeared in the dock of Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, wearing a smart, pale greyish blue shirt and dark blue suit and speaking only to confirm his name, address, and nationality as British. 

Prosecutor Misba Majid said: ‘While she was in the shower she noticed an iPhone at the top of the shelf peering into her shower through the door.  

‘She noticed that the phone looked away and disappeared. In fact, she believed that she was seeing things but she looked again and saw the phone. 

‘As a result of this incident, a number of the defendant’s electronic items were interrogated and one of the items found on one of the defendants devices was footage, I believe, of extreme pornographic nature. 

‘It is described as footage which shows a female being given oral sex by a dog. This is what constitutes an extreme phonographic image.’  

He appeared in the dock of Westminster Magistrates' Court today, wearing a smart, pale greyish blue shirt and dark blue suit

He appeared in the dock of Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, wearing a smart, pale greyish blue shirt and dark blue suit

McNish had also been in the shower just before the alleged victim, the court was told. 

Robert Morris, defending the police officer, told District Judge Angus Hamilton his client pleaded not guilty to one charge of observing a person doing a private act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification knowing that the person did not consent to being observed for your sexual gratification and a second charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image. 

McNish told the court he wanted to be put on trial in front of a jury at a crown court instead of in front of magistrate’s. He is next due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on August 14.  

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