Teacher faces striking off for shower pics of woman


A SCOTS teacher used his mobile phone to take pictures of a 20-year-old girl – while she was in the shower.

In 2010, Simon Gilbert was caught photographing and making visual images of a young woman while she was “in a state of undress” in a shower at the Etap Hotel in Glasgow.

He was convicted at the Glasgow Sheriff Court and fined £750 by placing the girl in a “state of distress” and committing a breach of the peace.

Now, the 25-year-old faces being struck off the teaching register by the profession’s watchdog at a hearing next week.

Mr Gilbert was convicted of taking photographs on his mobile phone
Mr Gilbert was convicted of taking photographs on his mobile phone

On Thursday, he will go in front of a General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) panel who will determine whether he has committed misconduct.

He faces two separate charges, which both relate to offences which took place in Glasgow over the past six years. It is thought both incidents happened before he became a teacher.

One charge reads: “On 24 January 2011 at Glasgow Sheriff Court, you were convicted of the following offences: “On 2nd January 2010 at Etap Hotel, Springfield Quay, Glasgow, you did conduct yourself in a disorderly manner, use your mobile phone to take a photograph and make visual images of [name redacted], date of birth 28.12.1990.”

It adds that the offence took place “While she was in a state of undress within the shower cubicle in a room there, thereby placing [name redacted] in a state of distress and alarm and did thereby commit a breach of the peace.”

The document explains that he was fined £750 in respect of the offence.

Another charge relates to a different offence which took place more recently on 25 June 2015 at an address in Cartbank Grove, Glasgow.

It reads: “On 26 June at Glasgow Sheriff Court you were convicted of…behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that you did shout, swear, throw household items, force your way into a bedroom and place [name redacted] in a state of alarm.”

For this offence, he was fined £200.

The GTCS notice of hearing does not make it clear whether Mr Gilbert was a teacher at the time of the offences and if so, where he worked or what subject he taught.

The hearing is expected to last one day.