Former teacher jailed for sex offences

Nottingham Crown Court. Russell Singleton.
Nottingham Crown Court. Russell Singleton.

A FORMER Alfreton Grange Arts College teacher who secretly filmed teenage girls using a toilet at his home has been jailed for over three years.

Russell Singleton admitted 21 offences of indecency against ten females – eight of them aged between 13 and 17 - over nearly a decade.

Singleton, 57, of Lawn Close, Heanor, 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 had recorded females. Singleton had been head of drama and music at the college - formerly known as Mortimer Wilson School.

He was arrested in 2012 when a 16-year-old reported him for sexual offences involving physical contact. At his home police found 24 video tapes which showed the girls using his bathroom and shower, from which he made around 300 still images.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Monday, April 22, that Singleton created a cavity between an airing cupboard and the bathroom at his home.

He installed a camera and removed the backing from a mirror to create a two-way mirror, which he used to spy on victims.

Sentencing him to 38 months, Judge Michael Stokes QC said: “We do not send our daughters to school to be seduced by the teachers. He should not have had a relationship with anyone. He breached his duty of trust.”

Mark Watson, for Singleton, said Singleton behaved for the vast majority as a professional of the highest quality.

Speaking after the trial, Det Sgt Toby Fawcett-Greaves said: “We are satisfied that we have achieved some justice for these victims - hopefully they can move on now. Regardless of custody length we are happy that Singleton will be subject to extensive and indefinite monitoring and registering under the Sex Offences Act of 2003.”