London, Ont., elementary school teacher charged with voyeurism

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LONDON, Ont. — Police say they’ve charged a 37-year-old teacher with voyeurism after staff found a video camera concealed in a backpack in a makeshift change room at Ashley Oaks Public School.

London police searched the camera and computers and found video footage of two adults changing in that room, Det.-Insp. Kevin Heslop said.

No images or videos of children have been found, Heslop added, but the forensic digital unit is still combing through computers.

Children do have access to that part of the school, he said.

"It’s obviously a very upsetting occurrence to many people," Heslop said.

The room in which the backpack was found is not a designated change room, but is often used as a change room.

Police searched a London home late Wednesday night and removed computer equipment.

Jamie Gardiner is charged with two counts of voyeurism. He has been assigned to home duties pending the investigation’s outcome.

News of the charges spread quickly through the Ashley Oaks community Thursday.

Rachelle Rundle went to school early to pick up her two daughters after reading about Gardiner’s arrest online.

"It’s that kind of world nowadays, which is sick," said Rundle, who was also quick to praise the tight-knit school community.

"The staff here is amazing, so they are going to handle this very professionally and make sure the parents are fully informed."

The Thames Valley District school board sent a letter home with students about the arrest.

“Although none of our students have been identified in connection with the investigation, this is a difficult time for the school, students, staff and community at large," it reads.