Met Police officer Neil Corbel who secretly filmed naked models loses bid to cut three-year jail term


former Met Police officer who used hidden cameras to film naked models has lost a bid to have his three-year jail sentence cut.

Former counter-terrorism officer, Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 41, was jailed for posing as a pilot with an interest in photography only to secretly film naked models in hotel rooms, AirBnBs and private flats.

The models, who he met through an online agency, believed he was only taking tasteful still photographs.

Corbel would hide cameras in tissue boxes, phone charges and glasses to film the women, it was revealed at Isleworth Crown Court.

He resigned from the Met Police after admitting a series of voyeurism charges against 19 women between 2017 and 2020.

He was sentenced to three years in jail in January.

Neil Corbel was suspended by the Met Police

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On Tuesday he challenged his sentence at the Court of Appeal but it was dismissed by Mrs Justice Cutts.

She said his crimes caused his victims “distress, anxiety and a reduction in confidence” and also said the discovery he was a police officer caused an “additional sense of betrayal for the victims and was likely to have an impact on public confidence in policing”.

Corbel’s lawyer Edward Henry QC argued that the crown court judge did not take enough account of his client’s sex addiction, lack of previous convictions, his vulnerability in prison as a police officer or that he had aided the investigation into his crimes.

Corbel was suspected of using his counter-terrorism police training to carry out the offences across London, Brighton and Manchester, and later admitted to detectives he had a long-standing pornography addiction.

His offences came to light when one of the models attended a photoshoot at the Leonardo Royal hotel in Tower Bridge with Corbel – who used the alias Harrison – in November 2019 and noticed a suspicious clock not showing the right time.

The woman later reported Corbel to police, who discovered a slew of videos on a hard drive featuring 51 women. Officers identified 16 models and three sex workers who feature in the charges against the officer, and said they were oblivious to the nude and sometimes explicit videos being made.

Edward Henry QC, representing Corbel, said at the time of his sentence that Corbel’s sex addiction “overwhelmed him and eventually destroyed his career, almost destroyed him, and has caused unbearable pain not just to the victims but to his undeserving, loyal, compassionate wife and family”.

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