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 Friday 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 2016.
He evaded police for five days before he was apprehended.
The man wrote a letter which was submitted to the court, saying he “expects 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 change room.
“Similarly, their parents had the right to expect that when their children were at the 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.