Voyeurism Deputy Head Has Sentence Reduced
Earlier this year, we wrote about Gareth Williams. The deputy head of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Cardiff admitted and was found guilty of secretly filming boys whilst they went to the toilet. Shockingly, his sentence has recently been reduced by the Court of Appeal from 5 to 4 years.
Williams, 48, was discovered after a wider operation conducted by police in Canada called Project Spade
discovered he was downloading child sex abuse images.
Whilst making this discovery, they also found hidden recordings he made during his time at the school. He used pinhole cameras in toilet cisterns, clocks and fans, to film partially exposed children. He admitted to the charges and pleaded guilty to 31 charges of voyeurism
and making over 16,000 indecent child sex images
Criticism for the sentence reduction has come from The Centre for Crime Prevention
and David Davies a Welsh MP. With the new sentence, Williams could be released on parole after just 2 years
. The appeal judges called the previous 5 year sentence "manifestly excessive"
and decided to quash it and issue a new one.
You Can Still Get Legal Advice
Parents of children at the school will understandably be outraged and disgusted by the courts decision
and may wonder what they can do next
. If you have any issues or you are concerned about your child following this incident
and you wish to speak to a solicitor, we have already advised a number of parents in the same situation.
Philip Gower from Simpson Millar LLP has been working with families to help them gain access to the legal system to gain compensation from the school who are legally responsible for Williams' disgusting actions.