Eric Wong: Pervert teacher jailed for secretly filming up the skirts of his students OVERTURNS his sentence
A teacher who was imprisoned for secretly filming up the skirts of high school students will walk free from jail after a judge overturned his sentence on appeal.
Eric Wong, 29, was jailed in July for at least six months after he took 90 videos and 300 photos of students in his class at Cammeraygal High School in the affluent north shore Sydney suburb of Crows Nest over a period of two years.
In overturning his sentence on Thursday in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court Judge John North said Wong had a voyeurism disorder that would be better treated in the community rather than in jail.
Justice North said while it is ‘not an easy thing’ he had come to the conclusion that given the time already served Wong’s mental health issues remained ‘unresolved’ and needed attention.
Eric Wong, 29, was jailed in July for at least six months after he took 90 videos and 300 photos of students in his class at Cammeraygal High School in the affluent north shore Sydney suburb of Crows Nest over a period of two years
‘The effect on his life has been profound,’ the judge said. ‘He’s lost his job, of course, will never be able to return to it,’ Justice North said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘His relationship of four years ended.
‘No matter what I do, people will be aggrieved due to the breach of trust and the way in which these crimes were committed.’
Wong will be placed under under an Intensive Correction Order, which requires he be of good behaviour and accept treatment deemed appropriate by Community Corrections.
Wong was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in Hornsby Local Court to two charges of filming a person’s private parts without consent.
Court documents at that hearing indicated a 16-year-old girl became suspicious when she knocked a mobile phone out of its hiding place and ‘formed the opinion … (it) was purposely placed in an upwards position and was filming her’.
After students made a complaint to the school police seized hundreds of voyeuristic images of students that were in Wong’s possession.
Justice North said Wong had ‘grossly’ breached the trust of young women in his care.
Cammeraygal High School where a student noticed a device belonging to Wong that was angled to film voyeuristic images
Wong was jailed after pleading guilty to two charges of filming a person’s private parts without consent
Wong’s barrister Peter Givorshner told the court the original sentence did not take into account his autism spectrum disorder and voyeurism disorder with both of those things lessening his moral culpability.
Mr Givorshner argued people with autism were ‘wired differently’ and that the sentencing magistrate was not correct in stating Wong must have known his conduct was ‘completely inappropriate’.
Mr Givorshner said the voyeurism disorder could be treated in the community.
He argued his client had already been thoroughly publicly shamed because of ‘intense media coverage’ of the case, which would affect all his future prospects including finding another job.