January 2021

Paedophile teacher, 24, who secretly filmed children in school toilets

A teaching assistant has been spared prison after admitting to secretly filming children in a primary school’s toilets over the course of a week – leaving victims’ parents feeling ‘physically sick’.

Jack Dunn, 24, used his iPhone to capture seven videos of children over the course of a week and then made a series of screenshots of his favourite 24 moments.

He was caught out when a child discovered the device overhanging a cubicle.

Parents of his victims have said they felt ‘physically sick’ at his actions with one mother fearing he picked his job to get perverted access to children.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 24 year old was recorded children in toilets at Denmead Junior School in Hampshire in November 2019.

‘I can’t put into words how physically sick that made me feel and continues to make me,’ one parent said, adding: ‘My trust in the school has been completely shattered.’

Another parent said she felt ‘instantly sick’ when she found out her child was a victim.

Dunn picked out his ‘highlights’ from the videos he recorded, making 24 screenshots of his favourite moments.

Parents fear the images could have been uploaded to the dark web or elsewhere before Dunn was caught.

‘These questions are something I will probably never know the answer to but will haunt my life forever,’ one said.

Sentencing, judge David Melville QC said: ‘The parents send these children to these schools believing at school the environment is safe and you breached that, and it’s very serious.’

The court heard how a teacher was handed the phone after it was found, and it was then given to headteacher Elaine Viner who locked it away.

‘The next day Mr Dunn was at the school acting rather suspiciously,’ prosecutor Adrian Fleming said. 

‘Plainly he had gone to retrieve the phone, he was seen to be rummaging through a box in which pupils placed their phones.’

He added: ‘There was the grossest breach of trust, we suggest there was clearly a significant degree of planning and clearly images were recorded.’

Judge Melville imposed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, with 200 hours’ unpaid work and sex offender treatment programme.

Dunn, from Horndean, Hampshire, was subjected to a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register.

He admitted voyeurism and making category indecent images of children

November 2020

Denmead Junior School pervert learning assistant Jack Dunn admits planting iPhone in toilets

A pervert junior school staff member who planted a phone in a block of toilets has admitted recording images of children for his own sexual gratification.

Learning support assistant Jack Dunn was caught out when a child discovered an iPhone in November last year at Denmead Junior School, in Bere Road.

The 24-year-old, who used the name Dunne at the school, has admitted voyeurism and making indecent images of children by screenshotting the videos.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the defendant, care of Wilton Drive, Horndean, recorded seven videos in the period the phone was in place.

Recorder Charles Langley, the judge, granted Dunn bail but added: ‘The fact that I’ve granted you bail, it should not give you any indication one way or another about the sentence which you will receive.’

The phone was found overhanging a cubicle, an earlier hearing was told.

Briefly outlining the case, prosecutor Paul Fairley said: ‘The telephone was set up, it was an iPhone, in the school toilets and seven videos were recorded over those number of days.

‘They were still on the phone when another child recovered the phone.’

Mr Fairley said that Dunn ‘must have’ viewed the videos to make the screenshots prior to the phone being found.

‘The video is recorded, it must have been then viewed by the defendant and then screenshot to look at later.’

A single charge of making indecent videos was denied and will be dropped, Mr Fairley said, as voyeurism already covers the offence.

He said: ‘It’s recording a private act with a view to later viewing for sexual gratification.

Dunn must sign the sex offenders’ register under an interim order at least until he is sentenced on January 15.

At a previous court hearing where Dunn admitted voyeurism, prosecutor Alicia Keen said Dunn acted in a ‘breach of trust’ and added: ‘It was a most distasteful offence.’

Headteacher Elaine Viner called in police immediately after the device was found at the school where more than 300 pupils attend