Former UBC associate professor James Rupert was handed a suspended sentence and 15 months' probation Wednesday for secretly recording study participants changing their clothes.

The sentence, handed down in Vancouver provincial court, means he will have a criminal record.

Rupert, who was 56 when he was arrested and charged with one count of voyeurism last August, received attention in 2013 for his work on a DNA test to catch doping athletes.

His research was funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency. But he lost his position at the university six days after he was charged for secretly watching participants in a study change out of their clothes.

The study involved fitness, meaning participants had to change into fitness clothes to take part.

With files from Farrah Merali