Christchurch, NZ: Assistant Principal, charged for filming upskirts of female students

He was respected and trusted, this will clearly have a significant impact on our students.

Christchurch assistant principal, Douglas Haora Martin, had name suppression lifted for the charge of making secret upskirt videos of his female students.

Suppression for former Lincoln High School assistant principal Douglas Haora Martin ran out at 10am.

The school reacted to the lifting of suppression by issuing a statement from principal, Linda Tame, who said she was outraged and angry about Martin’s behaviour.

“It’s an immense breach of trust,” said Tame.

“He was a respected and trusted member of staff so this will clearly have a significant impact on our students, the school and the wider Lincoln community.

“Support for Lincoln High School students, and the school’s community and staff are the most important things right now.”

The statement said the school had co-operated fully with the police and notified the Ministry of Education.

Martin has admitted making 20 upskirt videos using a small hand-held recorder.

The charges of making intimate visual recordings related to 17 victims, with the recordings made over several months in Christchurch and surrounding districts last year.

Police checked his computer system after he was first arrested for making one recording, and then laid the 20 charges.

The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to all the charges on January 16, but a separate hearing had to be held to decide the suppression issue.

Martin is on bail and is due to be sentenced on April 18.

Martin has been suspended from his job since his arrest and has not been permitted on the school grounds.

The Board of Trustees accepted his resignation on January 24.

Source: TVNZ One News