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Father-of-one Samuel Horsley, 23, spied on the victim with his mobile phone at her Rochester home.
Horsley, of Dale Street, Chatham, had been employed as painter and decorator after a leak had caused damage.
He had been working in one room of the house when the woman, who was at home with her son, decided to take a shower.
She heard Horsley moving around the house and heard him go into the toilet room next to her bathroom.
She then spotted a small black object through a small gap in the wall and realised it was a phone.
"I'm not sure why I did it. I was stupid, it's a disgusting thing to do. I don't know what to say - I feel bad for what I have done..." - peeping tom Samuel Horsley
The victim shouted out to him asking him what was he doing before telling him to get out of the house and he left.
The woman reported him to police. Horsley was arrested and later charged with voyeurism.
He admitted the offence, which happened in February, at Medway Magistrates' Court.
Matthew Quantrill, prosecuting, said the victim had realised the object was a phone and shouted to him 'what do you think you are doing?'.
He added: "When he was interviewed he said he had been sitting on the toilet playing with his phone and had left after the woman shouted.
"He denied he used his phone to film her he said he had no idea she was in the shower."
His phone was seized and police found he had recorded another two or three videos on it, which had been deleted.
Mr Quantrill added: "When this was put to him (by police) he admitted he did film her."
Defending himself, Horsley said: "I'm not sure why I did it. I was stupid, it's a disgusting thing to do.
"I don't know what to say - I feel bad for what I have done."
Horsley, who is now working at the Sainsbury's warehouse in Dartford, told magistrates: "I wasn't going to do anything with the video. I don't know. I was not going to show it to anyone."
Chairman of the bench Barbara Ide said: "This offence was made worse because she was in her own home. It was an abuse of trust."
Horsley was placed on a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also told to pay the woman £300 compensation and £85 court costs.
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