PEEPING TOM TEACHER TOOK 290,000 SECRET TOILET PICS IN 8 DAYS
A PEEPING Tom teaching assistant who used a hidden spy camera to spy on people on the toilet and collect 294,000 images in just eight days has been jailed.
Lab technician Timothy Garland, 36, filmed his unwitting victims go about their private business using a discreet camera hidden in a plastic pipe.
He filmed at least 12 people during school time and then created 294,000 images from the footage.
One of the victims sobbed in the dock as she revealed the devastating impact on her life to Guildford Crown Court.
Dad-of-one Garland, whose partner is currently pregnant, remained emotionless throughout the court case and as he was locked up for 10 months.
Prosecutor Oliver Doherty said: “To satisfy his own sexual desire or perversion he placed a recording device – a tiny spy camera – into the lavatories at the school.
“In seeking to obtain this gratification he recorded a number of people in the private act of using the lavatory.
“Some were men but most were women.”
The videos were taken between September 30 and October 9, 2014 at the school.
On the day of the last image, a woman spotted something that aroused her suspicion.
Mr Doherty said: “In the corner of the room where pipes travel up from floor to ceiling, at a level just above the skirting board, she saw something which looked like an automatic air freshener.
“When she finished doing her business she went and looked more closely. She discovered a white plastic pipe, about three feet long and about the diameter of a 10p.
“It was attached with Velcro. She noticed a green light, some holes drilled in the pipe and a memory card inserted into the device.
“She realised it was some sort of camera.”
Garland had planted the camera and a police search of his internet history showed he had an interest in voyeurism.
The court heard 11 separate victim impact statements detailing his “disgusting” habit.
The woman who found the camera wrote: “I think it is disgusting. I find myself constantly checking toilets. Even at friends’ houses I check toilets for cameras.”
Garland, of Hindhead, Surrey, admitted one count of voyeurism, and will have to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
JAILED: School worker Timothy Garland