Nicholls was caught after he took his computer in for repair and engineers discovered indecent images of girls
A GCHQ intelligence worker used covert cameras to spy on women and girls in their own homes, a court has heard.
The film had been recorded through windows and from hidden locations and revealed the woman undressing and breast feeding.
He also admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children, one of downloading indecent images and three offences of taking indecent pictures of a girl.
Outlining the background to the case Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said Nicholls had taken his personal computer to a shop to be repaired in August 2018 and when the engineer discovered indecent images of children aged between 11 and 15 he called the police.
In addition there were 31 still photographs and numerous covert recordings of a local woman undressing.
"Another neighbour was photographed breast feeding her baby in her back garden which is surrounded by a six foot fence - which should have provided her with a degree of privacy. She stated that this incident has left her feeling anxious."
Nicholas Jones, defending, said: "Nicholls' offending has brought to an end of a 20-year career working for the government at Cheltenham. He is one of the few civilians to be awarded the Afghanistan Service Medal.
After remanding Nicholls in custody overnight, he said: "I wanted to give you a taste of what your future could be as you've never experienced custody before and I wasn't convinced that you had learnt your lesson."
"I accept that you have taken some steps on your own accord in realising you have a problem."Read more: The Telegraph
It does beg the question of why engineers fixing a computer were looking through files on the computer. If you take your computer in will they be looking through your files no matter how private? The classic error. Sounds Asian to me !! Eh ?
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