Teacher who filmed women in bathroom is banned from classroom for life

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A teacher who made secret films of women in a bathroom to watch them using the toilet and the shower has been banned from the classroom for life.

Christopher Morris, 34, kept his sordid recordings hidden for nearly a decade before his ex-girlfriend discovered the VHS tapes, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard.

He was studying astrophysics in Preston when he set up covert cameras in a house in the city to film women showering, changing and using the toilet between 2004 and 2009.

One of the cameras was motion sensitive and the other transmitted an FM signal to a VHS recorder.

Morris’ unsuspecting victims only found out they had been filmed when police knocked on their doors in November 2013 asking them if they featured in the recordings.

He was jailed for 18 months at Preston Crown Court on 14 April 2014 after pleading guilty to seven counts of voyeurism.

The court heard the seedy contents of the tapes were only discovered when Morris’ curious partner asked her mother to bring a VHS player to her home.

Morris was employed as a science teacher at Thomas Clarkson Academy, in Wisbeck, Cambridgeshire between September 2009 and August 2014, teaching students from the age of 11 up to 18.

But he has now been struck off after a hearing before a professional conduct panel, in Coventry.

Department for Education official Alan Meyrick accepted the panel’s recomendation to ban Morris from the profession for life.

“Mr Morris’ actions were deliberate and he was not acting under duress,” said Mr Meyrick.

‘The offences were judged serious enough to merit a custodial sentence. I agree with the panel’s recommendation it is both appropriate and proportionate to impose a prohibition order upon Mr Morris.

‘The panel consider that Mr Morris has shown insufficient insight into his actions and there is evidence of a deep seated attitude that could lead to harmful behaviour, given Mr Morris’ seven convictions covered a seven year period.

‘They have recommended that the prohibition order should be without provisions for a review period and I agree.

‘This means that Mr Christopher Morris is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

Morris, of Main Road, Parson Drove, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, admitted seven counts of voyeurism last year.