Teacher ex­pects to burn in hell for sins

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A TEACHER who se­cretly filmed pri­mary school chil­dren while they were naked told the court he felt “re­pulsed” by his be­hav­iour.

The man was sen­tenced on Septem­ber 15 to two years and three months in prison.

He pleaded guilty in July last year to 42 counts of in­de­cently record­ing or at­tempt­ing to in­de­cently record a child.

The court heard the man fled the school he taught at af­ter a pen record­ing de­vice was dis­cov­ered in the school toi­let in March 2016.

The vic­tims were aged be­tween nine and 13, and the in­ci­dents oc­curred in March 2014 and again in 2016.

He evaded po­lice for five days be­fore he was ar­rested.

The man wrote a let­ter, which was sub­mit­ted to the court, say­ing “I ex­pect to burn in hell for my sins”.

Judge An­drew Stavri­anou told the man stu­dents had a right to feel safe when they went into the chang­e­room.

“Sim­i­larly, their par­ents had the right to ex­pect that when their chil­dren were at school, they would be safe,” he said.

“There was an el­e­ment of plan­ning. You placed the pen cam­era in your jacket pocket in the bath­room area, you ac­ti­vated it and ar­ranged for the stu­dents to use the bath­room to get changed.”

Judge Stavri­anou noted that the man had lost his ca­reer and his mar­riage due to the of­fend­ing.

His sen­tence was back­dated to Septem­ber 10 and he will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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