PEEP­ING TOM TEACHER TOOK 290,000 SE­CRET TOI­LET PICS IN 8 DAYS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SAM BLEWETT news@sun­daysport.co.uk

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.

Grat­i­fi­ca­tion

“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

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