Pleaded guilty to voyeurism and possessing extreme pornography
Southside Shopping Centre Wandsworth
A serving police officer has admitted to filming a woman as she was getting changed in a clothes shop in the Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth.
36 -year-old PC Swaleh Chaudhry, who is attached to the Met’s Taskforce, was spotted filming the woman just before 5pm on Wednesday 30 March. He was arrested at the scene by other police officers and immediately suspended from duty.
He was not on duty at the time of the incident.
During the course of the investigation, electronic devices belonging to PC Chaudhry were seized and forensically examined. It was discovered that PC Chaudhry was in possession of extreme pornography and indecent images of a child.
On Friday, 1 April, he appeared in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism, one count of possession of extreme pornography and three counts of making an indecent image of a child.
Commander Kyle Gordon, who leads the Met’s Taskforce said, “Constable Swaleh Chaudhry’s actions are shocking, thoroughly reprehensible and contrary to everything for which the Metropolitan Police stand. It is right that he now faces the full consequences of his actions.
"Within the 48 hours since Constable Choudhry’s offending came to light a fast and thorough investigation has been prioritised, he’s been charged and subsequently appeared in court without delay. I hope this demonstrates clearly to everyone that we continue to do everything we can to root out wrongdoing within our own ranks and we will work swiftly to bring such officers to justice as we work to rebuild the public’s trust and confidence in us.”
A referral has also been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
PC Choudhary will appear in custody at Kingston Crown Court on a date yet to be confirmed for sentencing and misconduct proceedings will now take place as soon as possible.
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April 1, 2022