Mobile phone salesman convicted of pilfering nude photos from customers' phones

Do you have any naughty photos on your phone? You don't have to answer that, because I'm not sure that I really want to know, but if you do, just be careful should you have to take your phone in for any kind of repair. A particularly scurrilous character from South Wales has been handed a suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders' register after admitting to two counts of unauthorised access of data under the Computer Misuse Act and an offence of voyeurism under the Sexual Offences Act. Lee Hawkes, of Swansea, was found to have 48 images of a woman in her 20s and 135 sexually explicit images of a woman in her 30s on his computer. He had obtained them when the women had brought their phones into the shop where he worked for repair. He transferred the images to his phone, and then onwards to his computer. It was a colleague who reported Hawkes to the police.

Apparently Hawkes showed off his swag to an amazed co-worker and claimed that it was 'normal behaviour' that was 'industry-wide'.

While I'm convinced that the overwhelming number of people behave responsibly when entrusted with our phones for repair or advice, and indeed it was a colleague of Hawkes' who reported him, I wouldn't put it past some toe-rag somewhere getting unsavoury ideas or a scoundrel or two having a go at seeing what tasty morsels they can find on people's camera rolls as we speak.

It might be a good idea to keep your nudes away from prying eyes.

(Headsup to the BBC)