Coventry & Warwickshire

Former head teacher guilty of unacceptable conduct over voyeurism

A former head teacher who admitted watching a woman changing in a leisure centre cubicle has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

David Doubtfire, of Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, was convicted of voyeurism and placed on the sex offenders register last June.

A professional conduct panel said he deliberately looked under the partition until the woman noticed him.

His behaviour was serious and clearly caused distress, the panel said.

The 51-year-old, from Westholme Avenue, left his position at Walkwood Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire, when he was charged.

'Uphold public trust'

The panel said Mr Doubtfire went to Evesham Leisure Centre to swim and use the jacuzzi last July and whilst changing, fell over in the cubicle.

"After he fell over and was lying on the ground, his head was slightly under the neighbouring changing cubicle.

"The person in the neighbouring cubicle was female and was in a state of undress.

"Mr Doubtfire made no attempt to get up from the ground and deliberately looked under the cubicle partition at the female until she noticed him."

He admitted a charge of voyeurism at Hereford Crown Court and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

The panel said that it was satisfied his actions amounted to conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

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