A DISGRACED former policeman who secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman has been warned he is 'almost inevitably' going to jail after a jury found him guilty of voyeurism.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Jayson Lobo, 48, filmed sexual partners he met on a dating website doing explicit acts with him without their knowledge or consent and then stored them in secure areas referred to as ‘vaults’ on his mobile phones.

Following a three-week trial he was unanimously found guilty of 11 counts of voyeurism relating to seven women, but was cleared of a further seven allegations.

In total eight women made complaints about Lobo, the court was told.

Judge Neil Flewitt told Lobo, of Woodfold Park, Mellor, that it was one of the most 'unusual' voyeurism cases he had ever presided over and warned him his offending had 'comfortably crossed the custody threshold'.

Judge Flewitt, who adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and victim impact statements, said: "I have to pass sentence on you at 2pm on Friday, October 20.

"You don't need me to tell you the overwhelming likelihood is there will be an immediate prison sentence.

"You must make whatever arrangements you need to make to cater for that."

Lobo, who bowed his head as the verdicts were returned, was released on conditional bail. He was warned not to contact his victims and told to live at his home address.

Lobo, who used to work as a response officer in Preston but also had stints in Burnley, Colne and Haslingden, had denied all the allegations but a jury of six men and six women took four hours to return their guilty verdicts.

During the trial the jury heard that Lobo had met all but one of the complainants on the dating website Match.com. He advertised himself as being a decade younger than he was and also told his prospective partners that he was a police officer.

The jury heard a lot of his sexual encounters involved handcuffs, the jury was told.

But unbeknown to the majority of his victims Lobo would then film the encounters or take photographs.

Prosecuting, Martine Snowdon said Lobo kept a 'portfolio' of images and videos in secure ‘vaults’ on his three iPhones for his own sexual gratification.

Ms Snowdon said only one of Lobo's victims had gone to the police and that the others only became aware the material existed when they were contacted by officers who were attempting to identify them from the footage.

Lobo, a middle distance runner who represented England at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, also sent a text to one victim threatening to post some of the compromising images on social media.

The offending, which took place between December 2011 and May 2015, only came to light in May 2015 when one women noticed the red light illuminated on the Lobo's iPhone and realised he was filming her.

The court heard she asked him to delete the footage and he told her he had. But he never did.

The jury was told that relationship broke down when the victim discovered he was having an affair.

In September 2015, the victim's mother messaged Lobo threatening to send photographs of her daughter and the defendant together to the woman he was having an affair with.

In response Lobo was alleged to have threatened to send a photograph to her students in a compromising position.

The court heard that Lobo had secured the 'vault folder' with a four digit code, which he denied to the police. The only way to by-pass the code was with an iTunes encryption, which Lobo also told police he did not know.

The phones eventually had to be sent off to experts who discovered the encrypted password was the same he used on other devices.

When the police eventually gained access to the folder, officers had to go about the process of identifying and contacting the other alleged victims.

Ms Snowdon said another of Lobo's alleged victims described herself being in love with him and said he was her first sexual partner, while the third said the police's contact had come 'completely out of the blue'.

Another victim said she had sent Lobo photographs of herself in her underwear but there was never a discussion about filming or photographing private moments.

Lobo did not deny that he had photographed and recorded the victims but said he had not done it for sexual gratification.

None of the offences were committed while Lobo was on duty.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Inspector Tom Edmondson, of the force's professional standards department, said: “Jayson Lobo has shown a blatant disregard for these women who were fully entitled to feel that these intimate encounters should not have been recorded without their consent.

"He has ridden roughshod over their dignity to satisfy his own sexual gratification.

“Coming forward to give evidence cannot have been easy for the victims, given the circumstances, and I would like to thank them and commend them for their bravery.”

Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said: "As soon as the complaint was made against Jayson Lobo we instigated a full, thorough and proportionate investigation into what he had done, behaviour which was clearly completely unacceptable of a serving officer. His actions not only tarnish his own reputation but that of the vast majority of officers and staff in Lancashire Constabulary  who serve our communities with professionalism, compassion and dedication day in and day out.

"I would like to reassure our communities that wherever we find malpractice and wrongdoing within Lancashire we will root it out to ensure that people can have confidence and trust in us.

"Finally I would like to commend the victims in this case for having the courage to come forward and the strength to pursue these allegations through to this welcome conviction. This successful outcome would not have been possible without them."

Lobo was sacked Lancashire Police for gross misconduct in August 2016 after a special case hearing found he had shared details, commentary and images from police incidents.

This misconduct was entirely unconnected to the criminal matters.