Alfreton teacher filmed people on the toilet and in shower
A TEACHER who filmed people on the toilet using a hidden camera is facing jail.
Russell Singleton pleaded guilty to 21 charges when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.
He admitted 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 women for his own sexual gratification.
The charges relate to children aged 13 to 17 years and adults between 18 and 24 years.
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Singleton worked at Alfreton Grange Arts College, formerly known as Mortimer Wilson Secondary School, and was involved in operatic societies, including one in Nottingham.
The 56-year-old filmed children and adults showering or using a toilet with a camera on a shelf in a wall cavity behind a two-way mirror.
Police revealed they executed a search warrant after a "very brave student" came forward.
They found the camera which was trained on the toilet and shower in a bathroom.
Officers said they found 24 videos of nine different females and more than 300 images on his mobile phone, some duplicated and some unidentifiable.
Some of the offences happened at the school, police said.
Singleton, who taught at Grange Arts College for 35 years and lives in Lawn Close, Heanor, has been dismissed.
At court, he wore a black suit and grey tie.
He took his glasses off and held them between his hands as he stood up and confidently pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Judge Michael Stokes QC ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared as he wanted the question of dangerousness considered.
He said: "This isn't an occasional incident.
"He has carefully planned, pre-meditated and involved a large number of complainants."
And he told Singleton: "I shall adjourn for a pre-sentence report. I regard the offences involving the numerous complainants as being potentially very serious, because of the length of time this activity carried on by you and the degree of planning and repetition involved.
"Imprisonment is inevitable in this case. You should be under no illusions about that and it will not be a short sentence."
After the case, Detective Sergeant Toby Fawcett-Greaves said: "This was a sophisticated and pre-planned means of capturing indecent images of both adults and children.
"This is a clear abuse of a respected position as a teacher.
"The result here is a testament to the courage of some of those victims who have stepped forward."