Teacher jailed for sex offences at Tameside school
Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 16:13 by Adam Higgins

A teacher who pleaded guilty to sexual offences against children whilst working at a Tameside school has been jailed for a year.

Gary Ellins admitted two counts of voyeurism and six counts of making indecent images of a child at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.

The 45-year-old, who now lives in Rochdale, used his laptop to film pupils getting changed in a classroom during his time as a primary school teacher in Tameside between 2010 and 2012.

In November last year, police officers recovered a hard drive and pen drive in the bedroom of his former home on Vernon Drive in Marple, which were seized and forensically examined.

On the software, police discovered 71 images as well as a 28-minute video, showing pupils changing in a classroom that had been filmed from a laptop camera.

Ellins was most recently employed as a senior lecturer in the department of Primary Teacher Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, but was suspended from the role when the charges came to light.

Detective Inspector Mike Gladwin, of GMP’s Sexual Crime Unit, said: “Ellins used his position of trust to exploit those whom he should have been protecting.

“The safeguarding of children is a priority for GMP and we have worked, and will continue to work, closely with our partners in education and local authority to ensure their safety.

“Ellins’ victims, their parents and his former colleagues who have been affected by his crimes are being supported by specially trained officers and the local authority.”