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Music teacher with stocking fetish jailed for five years for indecently recording students

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 23 May 2017, 5:58pm

A music teacher with a fetish for stockings has been sentenced to five years’ jail for indecently recording dozens of his young students at West Australian schools.

Christopher Ryan Jones, 32, mostly used an app on his mobile phone to secretly record the 40 female victims, who were aged between six and 15, over a three-year period.

Many of the recordings were made during music classes or at recess at the schools in WA’s south and south east where he was teaching.

He also admitted to indecently recording a six-year-old girl in a supermarket and an 11-year-old at a scout jamboree.

Jones was caught when he left one of his phones at school and a teacher discovered the recordings and reported him to the deputy principal.

A search of his home then uncovered thousands of child exploitation images on electronic devices.

The District Court was told Jones had a fetish for stockings and tights, and the recordings focused on the girls’ legs and upper thighs.

He later transferred them onto a computer and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.

On two occasions he set up a hidden camera in a school storeroom and recorded students changing their clothing.

Offences ‘cunning’ but not worst of their kind, judge says

Chief Judge Kevin Sleight said those offences involved “some planning” and were particularly “cunning”.

He also said that over time, Jones had become more “confident and brazen” because he had regularly placed his phone on the ground to record the victims’ legs.

Judge Sleight said Jones’ offences were serious because they had the effect of undermining the confidence parents have in schools and made it more difficult for male teachers to be trusted.

However, he said Jones’ offending was “far from the worst of its kind” saying he had not touched his victims who were mostly fully clothed with their legs covered by the tights or stockings.

Judge Sleight also took into account Jones’ pleas of guilty to the 60 charges against him, saying it had avoided the need for 40 children to come to court to give evidence.

Jones will have to serve three years before he can be released on parole.

With time already served, his earliest release date is August next year.





Porn man ‘trying to help stamp it out’

By Jamie Berry
County Court Reporter
August 17 2002

A former primary schoolteacher who pleaded guilty to possessing and producing child pornography claimed he was helping Australian and US governments to stop its infiltration on the Internet, a court heard yesterday.

Kristian James King, 29, also pleaded guilty in the County Court to seven counts of indecent acts and three counts of sexual penetration with two children he babysat in Brighton and Safety Beach between October, 2000, and September, 2001.

He admitted to a total of 12 child sex charges.

Prosecutor Mark Gamble told the court King took more than 100 explicit photographs of the two boys.

Police found the pictures among about 900 other hardcore pornographic images King had downloaded from the Internet after his flatmate, a policewoman, became suspicious of the time he spent on his computer.

Police were able to trace the mothers of the two boys he had photographed.

Judge Julie Nicholson said: “Words can’t really express what the parents must have had to go through in dealing with the photos.” She described the offences as “horrific” and a case of “young innocence, lost forever”.

King told police he had “an altruistic motive” to clamp down on the illegal websites.

King shielded his face for most of the day-long hearing. His lawyer, Tony Howard, QC, said his client had “substantial contact” with hundreds of children for more than a decade. Mr Howard submitted to Judge Nicholson that a fully suspended jail term should be imposed.

The court heard King lived with his parents in Brisbane and worked at a supermarket. He was granted bail. His pre-sentence hearing continues on Tuesday.


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