FOUR police helicopter crew members have been acquitted of misusing their vehicle to film naked sunbathers, naturists and swingers.
The four men — police officers Matthew Lucas (43) and Lee Walls (48), pilot Matthew Loosemore (45) and retired pilot Malcolm Reeves (64) — faced a three-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
All denied misconduct in a public office, saying they were not aware of what was being recorded with the helicopter’s camera.
Former camera operator Adrian Pogmore (50), of Whiston — described as “swinging and sex-obsessed” during the trial — admitted last year to making the graphic footage, found in his desk at work.
He will return to Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday, August 8.
Jurors found the four not guilty of all counts, after four hours of deliberations.
A police spokeswoman said: “Adrian Pogmore was dismissed from South Yorkshire Police in 2015, following an internal misconduct investigation.
“Not withstanding today’s verdicts, we will now continue with misconduct proceedings internally against the other officers.
"We cannot comment further at this stage, so as not to prejudice any future misconduct hearings.”
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