Trial begins against man who filmed 129 women and girls naked

115-year prison sentence for recording models naked without consent

He left the camera running while they undressed

THE trial has begun against the owner of a modelling agency in Pamplona for allegedly recording naked images of 129 women and girls, some of them under 18, without their knowledge or consent.

The trial in being held in Navarra Provincial Court and the accused is facing prison sentences amounting to 409 years. He could also be forced to pay fines of more than €750,000 for crimes against intimacy, revelation of secrets and corruption of minors.

According to the Public Prosecutor, between 2013 and 2015, he ran a modelling agency through which he contacted young women who wanted to become models.

He arranged to meet them and took photos of them fully clothed, carrying boards with their names. Then he asked them to put on swimsuits and left the room. However, while he was gone, he left the camera running on a tripod facing the girls, recording them while they got changed without their knowledge or consent.

When his business and homes were searched, numerous CDs, DVDs, hard drives and pen drives containing the images were found. It appears that he had not shared them with third parties or online.

Videos and photos of another 13 young women were also found, although they decided not to bring charges against the man.

Despite the prison sentences which are being requested amounting to more than 400 years, according to the Penal Code, the time he serves in prison may not exceed 12 years.

The Prosecution is also asking that he be banned from any profession related to modelling or advertising for 10 years and be prevented from coming within 50 metres from the victims or communicating with them for seven years.

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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.