Teacher takes upskirt photos of students; faces no legal action

Andrew Corish, a teacher from an all-girls school in Croydon, U.K. has admitted he used his phone to film up students’ skirts and stored the images and videos on his phone. As a punishment for preying upon young girls and taking advantage of his position as an assistant headteacher, he potentially faces a classroom ban.

He will not go to prison, because what he did technically, does not constitute a criminal offense, as upskirt photos are not illegal.

Cornish initially pleaded guilty to voyeurism, but a month later the judge rejected the plea, ruling that the students weren’t in a place where they could reasonably expect privacy, such as in their homes or a changing room, and therefore Corish’s actions don’t constitute voyeurism. The Crown Prosecution Service applied for indecent images of children charges to be added, but the judge ruled the images “were not of an indecent nature”.

Without facing any legal ramifications, Corish’s behaviour was examined by The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) misconduct panel, in which Corish admitted all the allegations in a witness statement. The panel chair ruled that Cornish’s actions “involved breaches of the teachers’ standards” and it will consider whether to recommend sanctions or a ban to the education secretary. It will consider whether to recommend sanctions or a ban. Despite admitting his guilt, Corish hasn’t immediately been banned from entering a classroom.