Jail for films of stu­dents

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

A for­mer mu­sic teacher who filmed stu­dents at schools in the south of the State to sat­isfy his fetish for stock­ings has been jailed for five years.

The man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, recorded about 40 stu­dents at pri­mary and high schools in the Perth metropoli­tan area and in the south and south­east­ern ar­eas of WA be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2012 and July 2015.

He used a spy video ap­pli­ca­tion on his mo­bile phone to film stu­dents as young as six, of­ten cap­tur­ing the thighs, legs and lower bod­ies of girls wear­ing stock­ings.

Some of the record­ings were made dur­ing lessons, when he would place the phone on the floor, while oth­ers were made when he concealed a camera in a box or on a shelf while stu­dents were un­dress­ing.

The man, who pleaded guilty to 62 child sex of­fences, also filmed chil­dren who were not his stu­dents, in­clud­ing an eight-year-old girl at a su­per­mar­ket, an 11-yearold girl at a Scouts jam­boree and an­other girl at a civic centre.

The of­fend­ing was un­cov­ered when his phone was left at a school and found by a fel­low teacher.

De­tec­tives searched the man’s home in Au­gust 2015 and found thou­sands of child ex­ploita­tion images.

Af­ter his ar­rest, he told of­fi­cers he had a “fetish for stock­ings”.

The man, who has al­ready served 18 months be­hind bars, will be made el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter serv­ing three years of his sen­tence.

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