Churchdown man jailed for sexual assault and secretly filming women
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A man from Churchdown has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman and secretly filming two others.
Alex Russ, aged 34 and of Craven Drive, was sentenced to six years and five months in prison when he appeared at Gloucester Crown Court last week.
He had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault against one woman and two counts of voyeurism against two further women.
The court heard that, the day before the first incident, Russ had used his tablet device to search for sleep disorders involving sexual behaviour.
In 2015, while staying at the home of a woman, she had started to go sleep when Russ pulled her pyjama bottoms down and sexually assaulted her. She was able to stop him and challenge his behaviour.
On another two occasions Russ got into bed with her while she again tried to sleep and he sexually assaulted her.
Russ also admitted secretly filming women without their knowledge or consent. One incident saw him set up a camera phone in a washbag and leave it in a bathroom, where he was able to film a woman before and after she showered.
The other incident involved a camera hidden in an alarm clock which he set up in a room being used by a different woman.
Although he initially denied the offences, Russ pleaded guilty at the first day of trial in October 2023.
As well as being jailed, Russ has been put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and restraining orders have been put in place to protect the women.
The officer who led the investigation from Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "I believe the fact that he searched for sleep disorders show that Russ's actions were premeditated. He is a calculating individual.
"We would like to commend all three victims that came forward to speak to officers and support police action.
"Two of the victims felt that, at the time of initial reporting, they did not want to proceed with the investigation. This is the choice of any victim of any crime, and their decisions were respected at the time.
"They came back to police at a later stage, when they felt able to support the case.
"It cannot be underestimated the strength that each of these victims has shown in providing the evidence to take this forward."
Gloucestershire Constabulary has a dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team with specialist detectives who will treat every victim with respect and take into account their wishes throughout the investigation.
Police will always support victims and provide them with all the information so that they can make informed decisions and support prosecutions at a time that is right for them, and would urge people to come forward and talk to officers.