Peeping Tom headmaster jailed for using hidden spy pen to snoop on staff and children in the toilet

Headteacher Ashley Yates (SWNS)
Headteacher Ashley Yates (SWNS)
Headteacher Ashley Yates (SWNS)

A Peeping Tom headmaster was jailed today for using a spy PEN to film primary school children and staff in the toilet.

Married Ashley Yates hid his device in the lavatory to record several youngsters of both sexes as well as teachers.

Yates, 45, was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting three charges of making indecent photographs of children and two charges of voyeurism.

He also admitted a further four counts of voyeurism and two counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material.

Yates was caught when his spy pen was found at The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill, Bristol.

He then provided passwords so that material on his computers could be examined.

Tynings Primary School in Bristol (SWNS)
Tynings Primary School in Bristol (SWNS)

After the hearing at Bristol Crown Court, Detective Inspector Louise Boyce said: “Yates totally abused his position of trust to feed his own personal desires.

“He set up the recording device in a toilet knowing that both children and adults would be using the facilities.

“A number of his victims were young children, they were also in school – a place where they should feel totally safe and protected.

The spy pen used by Ashley Jonathan Yates (SWNS)
The spy pen used by Ashley Jonathan Yates (SWNS)

“I have no doubt that Yates’ crimes will have a lasting impact on his victims and their parents. All have received specialised support and will continue to do so as long as they require it.”

Yates’ school, which has 320 pupils aged four to 11, was praised by Ofsted inspectors last year.

It was given a “good” rating, two years after being rated as requiring improvement.


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