Ex-Bestinvest investment director guilty of indecency

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Former Bestinvest investment director Nigel Parsons has pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including voyeurism and taking indecent photographs of children, at Southwark Crown Court today (27 November 2012).

Parsons, 34, hid his iPhone handset in the showers at Bestinvest’s offices to capture footage of workmates as they undressed. Two recordings on the phone were made in February at the office in Chesterfield Gardens, London. A worker spotted the phone and found footage of her naked. Parsons, from High Wycombe, was identified as he filmed himself setting up the device.

A spokeswoman for Southwark Crown Court says he has been given unconditional bail and is due to be sentenced on January 8, 2013. He has also been asked to put his name on the sex offenders register.

In addition to admitting guilt over two acts of voyeurism, Parsons also pleaded guilty to 10 counts of making indecent images, one count of distributing an indecent image, and one count of possessing indecent images.

Parsons left Bestinvest in February. He was at Bestinvest for just over four years as investment director and according to his LinkedIn profile, he is now managing director at investment consultancy firm Finuate. The company was set up on 19 September 2012.

Bestinvest said: “Nigel Parsons resigned from his employment at Bestinvest in February 2012 following an allegation of serious gross misconduct relating to his personal behaviour. This was also reported to the police by the individuals concerned. The company has been supportive of staff who were affected by Mr Parsons’ unacceptable actions and the police with their investigation.”