|Eddie Catz Founder Get Sixteen Months For Voyeurism Offences|
Darren Johnson made peepholes at play centres and Putney Leisure Centre
Darren Johnson, the Putney based founder of the Eddie Catz chain of children’s play centres, has this Wednesday (29 August) been given a sixteen month jail term after pleading guilty to charges of voyeurism.
The 51-year-old admitted to five counts of the offence in addition to taking over 700 video clips of female staff and young girls secretly filmed at various branches of Eddie Catz and at Putney Leisure Centre.
'Thirdly, the extraordinary breach of trust at Eddie Catz. You were making images of women who you were employing and you were making images of mothers and children who trusted you when they were using your play facilities at Eddie Catz.
'Any woman or child who knows they have been recorded by you or may have been recorded by you is bound to be deeply upset because of what you have done. All these offences were committed at different times and in more than one location.'
Mr Johnson defence lawyer Tom Williams, told the court that his client had a problem with alcohol and that he had been drinking after an argument with his wife before he filmed the girls at Putney Leisure Centre on June 5th 2017.
He said: 'This is somebody who does recognise that he has had a serious issue. He and his wife have two children, both of them had to receive therapy since all of this came out. He accepts what he did was completely wrong and now he has been able to think through in a way that makes some sense he is thoroughly sorry for what he has done.'
Mr Johnson resigned as Director of Eddie Catz in September 2017 after he was arrested and is separated from his wife. A spokesperson for the company told this website: “Eddie Catz severed all ties with Mr Johnson more than one year ago when allegations about his behaviour came to light. He has no association with the business.”