A CARETAKER at a Stratford school set up a hidden camera so he could record children using the toilets before watching the recordings on a laptop after other staff had left.
And after his wife challenged him about his sexual abuse of a young girl in an incident unrelated to his job, Maciej Kukla confessed to what he had been doing.
The 38-year-old of Warwick Road, Stratford, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of voyeurism by recording a person ‘doing a private act’ and one of making indecent images.
He also admitted two unrelated offences of sexually assaulting a girl and two of sexually assaulting a young boy.
Prosecutor Iain Willis said that in 2008 Kukla had been employed as site manager at a primary school in Stratford, where his duties were principally those of a caretaker.
In addition he was responsible for the IT facilities and also gave lessons in IT and ran two after-school clubs.
But after a woman had visited Kukla’s home earlier this year her daughter told her while they were there he had touched her inappropriately.
Her mother reported the matter to the police, and the girl then revealed there had been an earlier similar incident.
It also later emerged he had touched a nine-year-old boy indecently.
When Kukla was arrested over his offences against the girl, he accepted he had seen her on the two occasions, but claimed nothing inappropriate had taken place.
But while he was on bail his wife challenged him about the allegations, and over a number of weeks he began to make admissions that he had touched the girl.
He went on to tell her he had used a hidden camera in the toilets of the school to record children using them.
When questioned for a second time by police Kukla admitted the offences against the girl and that he had also touched a young boy indecently.
Officers carried out a search of his home where they found a video camera memory card containing recordings from the toilets at the school.
There were a number of moving images, including some which had captured Kukla putting the covert camera in place and retrieving it, showing girls aged between nine and 11, who could be identified as pupils at the school, using the toilets.
When that damning evidence was put to him, Kukla admitted he was responsible for those recordings, as well as others in both the girls’ and the boys’ toilets as well as the toilets in the infant section of the school.
He made a small wooden box to hold the camera and make it look as though it was part of the boxing-in of the plumbing.
Mr Willis told the court: “He said he had first used it to detect vandalism but then, as he said, to find out more about himself, to see what his reaction would be to viewing it.
Graeme Simpson, defending, said that none of the children knew they had been recorded by Kukla.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones commented: “The parents at this school are going to feel horrible knowing this was going on.”
He adjourned the case for a psychiatric report to be prepared.
Kukla, who was ordered to register as a sex offender, was granted bail on the understanding a custodial sentence was ‘virtually inevitable’.