Teacher accused of secret recording

Last updated 13:40 19/11/2012

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A Canterbury teacher has been arrested for allegedly filming an upskirt video at a Riccarton shopping mall.

The middle-aged man appeared in the Christchurch District Court today charged with making an intimate visual recording.

He was granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail until December 6 to enable him to contact a lawyer.

Police allege the man behaved in an offensive manner, intentionally made an intimate visual recording of another person at the Westfield Riccarton mall, and was in possesion of the recording.

Police said the alleged offending happened in the food court area about mid-afternoon on Saturday.

Both a camera and his home computer had been confiscated by police for further analysis.

A man who works at the mall, but did not wish to be identified, said the victim, a woman who looked in her 20s, had  appeared unaware of what was apparently happening.

The man said the suspect appeared to be trying to dispose of the camera when approached by mall security.

The school's board of trustees chairman said the board was aware of the charges.

He said the New Zealand School Trustees Association had been alerted. "We need to make sure we follow due process and look after all parties involved, and kids are a key part to it," he said.

He would not comment on whether the teacher had been suspended.

The school principal declined to comment.

Westfield Riccarton spokeswoman Deb McGee said incidents of this nature were rare.

The safety of shoppers and retailers was "paramount", she said.

"If anyone is acting inappropriately [in the mall] then we will take the appropriate action, which in this case was to call the police," she said.

"We do our best to create an environment where people feel safe and comfortable."

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