‘Upskirter’ hit with new charges

 

A CommBank cybersecurity expert who pleaded guilty to "upskirting" offences after being spotted filming a schoolgirl at a Sydney shopping centre earlier this year has been hit with eight new charges.

On Saturday, Anthony Ward, 26, was hit with fresh charges over alleged upskirting offences at Central Railway Station, Hurstville Railway Station and a plaza at North Sydney between April 8 and May 27.

On April 9, officers from Police Transport Command commenced investigations into allegations an unknown male was filming up a woman's skirt while walking up a set of stairs at Central Railway Station.

Police will allege that images discovered on Ward's phone implicated him in the offences. He was arrested on Saturday morning at a home in Revesby and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with eight counts of filming a person's private parts without consent.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday September 18. Ward is still awaiting sentencing over the two earlier charges, which carry a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment.

Ward had been filming women with a covert iPhone app. Picture: Facebook
Ward had been filming women with a covert iPhone app. Picture: Facebook

 

The Daily Telegraph earlier reported Ward has national security clearance for his previous employment as a cybersecurity expert at PwC and in his current role as a cybersecurity tester at CommBank.

On his LinkedIn page, he says his specialties include "penetration testing of mobile applications, web applications, thick applications and network infrastructure" and that he has "performed penetration testing for two of the big four banks as well as clients in government, health care and telecommunications".

CommBank has been contacted for comment.

Ward pleaded guilty to two counts of filming a person's private parts without consent in Sutherland Local Court last month. On May 25, Ward followed a teenager up an escalator at Westfield Hurstville and began filming up her skirt.

In those proceedings a court heard a vigilant shopper spotted him and alerted security. Ward was arrested and subsequent investigations revealed he had also filmed up an unidentified Asian woman's skirt on an escalator at Central Railway Station two days earlier.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Sutherland Local Court Magistrate Jayeann Carney said Ward told police, "I'm really sorry … I do it for sexual purposes, it's wrong and I'm ashamed."

She said Ward's psychologist had diagnosed him with voyeuristic disorder. "He fantasises about voyeurism, male and female Asian porn, and has watched Asian animated porn which depicted females between 14 and 16 years of age," Ms Carney told the court.

 

frank.chung@news.com.au