Pervert primary teacher facing jail for filming girls’ private parts at school
A principal teacher has pleaded guilty to filming young girls’ private parts at the primary school where he worked.
James Hughes, 54, is facing prison after using his phone and iPad to record pupils after taking them for out-of-class one-to-one lessons
Hughes asked the youngsters to stand on chairs and put their legs in the air while he recorded them under a desk at the school which cannot be named for legal reasons.
He was only caught when three teenagers, who were at the school for work experience, discovered him filming them.
One of the girls found indecent photos of herself on his iPad after secretly making her way into his office and subsequently reported her discovery to the headteacher.
Police were contacted and a search of Hughes school office and his Uddingston home uncovered 260 images and 79 recordings on two devices.
Hughes appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court earlier today and admitted two charges of voyeurism under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act, by filming and photographing girls aged between eight and 15-years-old.
Before the hearing, defence counsel Gavin Anderson, advocate, made an unsuccessful submission to Sheriff Petra Collins for a gagging order to be placed on the press not to identify his client.
At the start of proceedings, fiscal depute Agnes Meek told the court: “He was their teacher and they trusted him.
“They were ashamed and embarrassed at what had happened. He was in a position of trust.”
Victim impact statements from some of the children were put before the sheriff by Ms Meek, and Sheriff Collins said she would welcome any further statements prior to sentence, but that none of the children were “under any pressure” to do so if they didn’t want to.
In mitigation, Gavin Anderson said: “This is clearly a concerning matter and at no time had he [Hughes] any desire to go to trial.
“It has always been his position to minimise the distress caused to the children.
“He has been under the care of a consultant psychiatrist for a number of years for what has been discovered to be bipolar disorder.”
Addressing Hughes, Sheriff Collins said: “You have to appreciate these were primary school children and this is an extremely serious matter and at the forefront of my mind is a custodial sentence.”
Sentence was deferred until next month and Hughes placed on the sex offenders’ register.
The teacher was suspended from his post when the allegations first came to light and is expected to be sacked at a disciplinary hearing this week.