Sick: Ian Rowe set up cameras in his bathroom to spy on children he was babysitting
A perverted illegal immigrant who used secret cameras to spy on children as they showered has been jailed.
Sick Ian Rowe, 45, now faces being deported after police discovered his twisted obsession when they raided his home in Handsworth, Birmingham, last year.
As officers took away his computer Rowe told them they would find indecent photos of children but detectives also found sickening footage on a memory stick that the beast had recorded.
Originally from the West Indies, they discovered Rowe had used cameras to spy on two children as they showered. Another girl was recorded 15 times.
The Birmingham Mail reported that Rowe later pleaded guilty to three counts of voyeurism, ten counts of possession of indecent images and eight counts of distributing indecent images.
His Honour Judge Melbourne Inman warned Rowe he would be faced with deportation on his release.
On the voyeurism charges, committed in 2007, the Judge said: “There is obviously a high culpability.
“This was well planned, you invested in equipment and you recorded them.”
When his computer was investigated, police found thousands of images of children and nearly 1,000 videos.
Defending, Sean Sithu-Brar said Rowe had developed an interest in child porn because of his social isolation.
He said: “He is remorseful of his conduct. He tried to start his own business but he had difficulties, felt isolated and depressed.
“He would surf the net for hours in the day but he says once, through sheer stupidity, started looking at child pornography.”
Mr Sithu-Brar said Rowe had failed to leave the UK after the expiration of his student visa telling the court: “He remained here outside of immigration rules. It is his intention to voluntarily repatriate back, he will not be contesting the deportation order.”
Jailing him for three years and four months, Rowe was also banned from using internet capable devices which did not have the ability to retain information that could be checked.