Gym worker filmed client in shower
A PERSONAL trainer employed at an Ipswich gym took photos of gym members while they showered.
Jason Michael Low, 33, was in a cubicle next to the victim and held his mobile phone under the door to capture the indecent snaps.
Low had been employed as a personal trainer at the Ipswich gym for three years when he took the photos on two separate occasions.
He later emailed his boss, confessed to his crimes and resigned from the gym.
Low pleaded guilty to two counts of observations or recordings in breach of privacy, at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Friday.
Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Adam McDonald called for a fine as punishment and asked for a conviction not to be recorded.
Low was sentenced to nine months probation with no conviction recorded.
The court was closed as Low's defence applied for a suppression of the publication of Low's name and the gym.
The court reopened and The Queensland Times was given permission to identify Low, but to protect the identity of the victims the gym cannot be named.
Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said Low had worked hard building a career in the fitness industry over a decade, but the prospect of him returning to that field was slim, and his blue card had been taken away.
Mr Thomas said the offending happened over a short period of time and it was opportunistic and unsophisticated.
Magistrate Michael Quinn said the most concerning factor was there was no momentary lapse of judgement because the offending happened more than once.
"It is worrying that this offence was committed ... I am even much more troubled and concerned there was a second occasion," Mr Quinn said.
The magistrate said he was satisfied Low had not published or attempted to distribute the photos, but the matter was clearly sexual and the protection of the public was paramount.
Mr Quinn said the development of technology opened ways to "abuse the rights and privacy of innocent members of the community" and that Low committed his crimes with ease.
The court heard Low was now pursuing a career as a bar and gaming attendant at a casino.