An Adelaide chiropractor, who used hidden cameras to indecently film hundreds of female clients including children, has been sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail.
- Snodgrass’ victims were aged between 11 and 60 years old
- He set up hidden cameras in the changeroom of his chiropractic practice
- Snodgrass also admitted to filming some of his sexual partners
Peter Wayne Snodgrass, 52, used cameras hidden in change rooms to secretly film female patients while they were undressing at his clinic at Rostrevor in Adelaide’s east.
His victims were aged between 11 and 60 years old.
Snodgrass pleaded guilty to 216 charges, including indecent filming and production of child exploitation material.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Anne Bampton sentenced Snodgrass to 10 years and three months in prison, with a non-parole period of eight years and two months, backdated to October 2017 when he was taken into custody.
Snodgrass used cameras hidden in change rooms to secretly film female patients while they were undressing.
Justice Bampton sentenced Snodgrass as a serious repeat offender.
“You transgressed professional and moral boundaries and your unsuspecting victims have been traumatised by learning of what you have done,” she said.
“Your insatiable desire for breasts was aggravated by breaches of trust and violations of privacy.
“Your conduct was persistent and voraciously voyeuristic.”
But she said she accepted that Snodgrass was sorry for what he had done to his victims and wanted to rehabilitate.
‘He’s not my problem’
Outside court, one victim said Snodgrass received a longer sentence than she thought he would and that it had provided her with some form of closure.
“I think of him like a speck on the bottom of my shoe now, he’s not my problem,” she said.
“I get to go and have a nice lunch and a drink after this and he can go and sit in his cell.
“I will never forgive him for what he’s done to me and my family but I don’t need to live with it, it’s done for me now.”
Another victim said she too was relieved it was over.
“I don’t think any amount of sentence will justify what he’s done to more than 200 people,” she said.
“He seems to just think that he’s above the law and today showed that he’s not.
“It’s been a very long two-and-a-half years but it was worth it today.”
Snodgrass’ offending started in 2010
The court has previously heard his first offending occurred in 2010 when he took an image of a woman’s bottom while he was massaging her.
Snodgrass told the court he then purchased hidden cameras which were concealed inside pens and a clock radio.
He set the clock radio on a shelf which was chest-height, in a change room where patients would undress before an X-ray.
“If it was a female that was developed I’d turn it on and then turn it off when the X-ray was finished,” Snodgrass said.
Despite the young age of some of his victims, defence lawyer Joanna Fuller told the court he was not sexually attracted to young girls.
“He did not have an interest in children, but rather an interest in physiques,” she said.
He filmed patients for the ‘thrill of it’
He told the court that he continued to take images of female clients “for the thrill of it” after his wife died of cancer.
“I was watching a lot of porn and just wanted to see more boobs,” he said.
Snodgrass also admitted to secretly filming some of his sexual partners without their consent.
In her victim impact statement, one of his victims — who was secretly filmed while she dated Snodgrass for two months — told the court his offending was “calculated, planned and repetitive”.
“You have taken away my trust, dignity, confidence and respect,” the woman said in a victim impact statement.
“What gives you the right to prey on women for your own gratification?”
Snodgrass’ identity remained suppressed for about seven months after his arrest, until District Court Judge Paul Muscat lifted the order in May 2018.