March 12 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A teacher at Thorpe St Andrew High School has been warned he could go to prison after admitted two offences of voyeurism having installed equipment “to observe another person doing a private act” for sexual gratification.
Karl Hogg, of Hall Road, Norwich, who is believed to be an English teacher at the Laundry Lane school, has been suspended from his post since being arrested for the offences, which date back nearly 10 years, in June last year.
The 47-year-old appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the two offences after they were put to him at a short preliminary hearing during which very few details, including where the offences took place, were given.
Hogg, who was dressed in a black jacket, white shirt and stripy tie, admitted that between April 3 2004 and June 24 2013 he “installed equipment with the intention of enabling himself, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, to observe another person doing a private act without that person consenting to being observed for the sexual gratification of himself”.
He also admitted a further offence, between April 3 2004 and June 25 2013, of having recorded a female “doing a private act, with the intention that he himself, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, would look at an image of the female doing the act, knowing that she did not consent to his recording the act with that intention”.
Judge Stephen Holt adjourned sentence until March 28 to allow a full pre-sentence report to be carried out but issued a warning to the defendant who the court heard was of previous good character.
He said: “Just because I’m ordering a report and granting you bail means nothing - all options are open.”
In a statement released after the hearing, Ian Clayton, principal of Thorpe St Andrew School, where Hogg has worked for about seven or eight years, said: “I can confirm that Mr Hogg is a member of staff at Thorpe St Andrew School.
“His appearance in court relates to allegations of activities which are unconnected to his work as a teacher at the school. The allegations do not involve any students of the school nor are alleged to have taken place on school premises.
Mr Hogg is currently suspended from his post, an action which took place immediately after he was arrested.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further until the Governors of the school have considered today’s events in detail.”
Hogg was granted conditional bail until his sentencing hearing.
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