Jamie Gardiner, disgraced former teacher, gets a year in jail

Jamie Gardiner, 39, is sentenced to a year in jail for making child pornography at his former London elementary school.
Jamie Gardiner, centre, walks out of the London courthouse. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

A former special education teacher has been sentenced to a year in jail for child pornography after secretly videotaping women and girls as they undressed in a changeroom at a London elementary school.

Jamie Gardiner, 39, pleaded guilty in May to 16 counts of voyeurism after he hid a small video camera in a backpack to tape co-workers and co-op students in a changeroom used for the school's therapeutic pool. 

In June, he was found guilty on two counts of child pornography, charges that were laid in connection with one victim, a 16-year-old co-op student. 

Monday, Gardiner was handed the one-year jail term on the child pornography charges. He also received nine months, to be served concurrently, for the voyeurism charges. 

Victims share their pain

In August, Gardiner's victims were given a chance to tell the court what it was like to learn they'd been videotaped without their clothes on. 

"I feel completely sexually violated," said one woman, who described having to change careers after the videos surfaced. 

"I've suffered depression," said another woman, who added "He does not appear remorseful." 

Gardiner apologized to his victims Monday, telling the court he felt deep and sincere remorse. 

He was fired by the Thames Valley School Board shortly after the videos came to light in 2015.