Derby

Teacher Russell Singleton jailed for spying on girls in bathroom

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Media captionSingleton worked at Alfreton Grange Arts College for 35 years

A teacher who filmed girls and women, using a hidden camera in the bathroom at his home, has been jailed.

Russell Singleton, 57, of Heanor, Derbyshire, admitted 21 sex offences including sexual activity with a teenager while in a position of trust.

Police seized 24 video tapes and found more than 300 images on his phone. The pupils he filmed were as young as 13, but some were over 18.

He was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for three years and two months.

Sentencing Singleton, Judge Michael Stokes said: "We do not send our daughters to school to be seduced by the drama teacher. This was a serious breach of trust."

Two-way mirror

Singleton worked at Alfreton Grange Arts College, previously Mortimer Wilson Secondary School, for 35 years.

The court heard he invited the girls back to his home to rehearse for plays.

The majority were aged under 17, although he did film some older pupils aged 18 or above.

Police discovered a false wall in his bathroom with a two-way mirror hiding a camera which recorded girls and women using the toilet or shower.

Officers said Singleton had run a careful and planned operation.

His activities came to light after a 16-year-old complained to police about sexual activity with him.

Singleton pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual activity when he was in a position of trust; nine of taking indecent photographs; two of making indecent photographs and three charges of voyeurism where he recorded females for his own sexual gratification.

After the hearing, Det Sgt Toby Fawcett-Greaves of Derbyshire Police, said: "The victims have explained to us how they feel violated, disgusted and sickened by the actions of this man.

"One victim was sufficiently depressed and traumatised to make an attempt on her own life. Thankfully it wasn't successful.

"These victims feel they've had the cherished memories of their teenage years stolen from them as a result of these activities."

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