A model who was secretly filmed by a senior Metropolitan Police officer using spy cameras has been left with bald spots after pulling her hair out, a court has heard.
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, posed as an airline pilot to book women for photo shoots before planting the gadgets in hotel rooms, apartments and Airbnbs.
The cameras were concealed in everyday objects, including tissue boxes, phone chargers, air fresheners, glasses, keys and headphones, to film his unsuspecting victims.
Police found footage of 51 women on Corbel’s hard drive, with 19 victims, including 16 models and three escorts, agreeing to give statements against him.
Corbel, a former counter-terrorism officer, who was suspended by the Met where he was attached to the Police Continuous Improvement Command, pleaded guilty to 19 counts of voyeurism.
Judge Martin Edmunds QC will sentence him at Isleworth Crown Court later on Friday for the offenses which took place in the London, Manchester and Brighton areas between January 2017 and February 2020.
Three of the women, who cannot be identified because they are victims of sexual offences, appeared in court to face the former counter-terrorism officer as they read their victim impact statements.
A model, who agreed to pose for a ‘fashion and nude art shoot’, was visibly angry when she told Corbel her crimes had ‘affected every aspect of my life’.
“I pulled my hair out so much from the stress that I have bald spots and had to refuse to work,” she said, showing her scalp in court.
“Women, especially models and sex workers, tend to have difficulty reporting sex crimes to the police.
“He knew that we were potentially easy and silent prey. So how can I tell women to trust the police when this man has shaken my beliefs? »
Another model said: ‘The fact that the accused is a policeman frightened and shocked me. He’s supposed to uphold the law, not break it.
“I guess he knows how to deal with people, and he used his knowledge, experience and training to manipulate me.
“He was so charming and believable in his role. I just wonder what else was he capable of?
A third woman, who went on a date with Corbel, said he came across as “genuine and charming”.
“How Neil lied and made up a completely different life still sticks in my mind a lot,” she said.
“A man with his intelligence would have known he could ask for help rather than manipulate women for his own pleasure.”
Other victims, who were not in court, mentioned the case of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, who was snatched from the street before being raped and murdered by Met Pc Wayne Couzens, 48 year.
“The fact that he is a policeman is a huge problem,” said one.
“These people are supposed to protect us. After the murder of Sarah Everard, it seems like a very scary time to be a woman.
“Sex work can be dangerous, although I’m lucky because it’s the first form of violence I’ve experienced at work.
“If you can’t trust the police, then what are we supposed to do?”
Another said: “Discovering this was a complete shock to the system. I don’t want to point fingers at all the police, but they’re supposed to be there to protect you.
“Especially with the Sarah Everard case, it’s hard to know who to trust. I don’t feel protected right now.
“I was oblivious to his misdeeds and I imagine the other victims were.”