36-year-old Lee Price turned himself in to Tredegar, Gwent police in Wales, after it was discovered he had been spying on his female employees as they used the toilet.
Price was the production manager at the Odeon Furniture Factory in Tredegar. He had bought a pen fitted with a spy cam online, for £30 ($48), which he hid behind a pipe in the women's bathroom at the plant.
The pen was discovered after a woman noticed a light flashing after she had used the toilet, the Daily Mail
reports. She twisted the pen open, and found that it included a pinhole camera and a USB memory stick.
The woman took the USB stick to a computer store, to find out what was on it, and got the shock of a lifetime when she found 14 minutes of footage of her and other workmates using the bathroom. She then put up notices around the factory, warning her female colleagues that they were being spied on.
As soon as he saw the posters, Price confessed to having spied on the women, and later resigned from his position at the factory, having been employed there for 16 years.
He was charged with voyeurism, and eventually admitted to leaving the monitoring device in the toilet six times, over the course of three months.
When he was prompted for an explanation to his actions, the man said he was supervising a cleaning woman that he believed wasn't doing her job properly, and hiding in there to avoid doing so.
As prosecutors analyzed the positioning of the spy pen, he changed his testimony and mentioned that he was in a relationship with one of the women at the plant. He then claimed to have spied on her because he believed she was being unfaithful.
“But he changed his story, saying he was trying to spy on a woman and record her texting or phoning a man he suspected she was having an affair with,” prosecutor Lisa James stated.
He was convicted to six months in Caerphilly jail for invading the privacy of the female employees.