A SCHOOL caretaker from Stratfored who set up a hidden camera so he could record children using the toilets before watching the recordings on a laptop has been jailed.
Maciej Kukla had confessed to his wife about what he had been doing after she challenged him about his sexual abuse of a young girl in an incident unrelated to his job.
And after hearing that Kukla had also sexually abused a young boy, a judge at Warwick Crown Court concluded that he posed a danger to children, and imposed an extended prison sentence.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano jailed him for two years for the offences at the school, consecutive to four years for abusing the children, followed by an additional seven years on licence.
The 38 year-old will have to serve at least two-thirds of the six-year term before he can be released, after which he will be on licence for the rest of the sentence and then for another seven years.
Kukla, of Warwick Road, had pleaded guilty to three charges of voyeurism by recording a person ‘doing a private act’ at the school and one of making indecent images.
He also admitted two unrelated offences of sexually assaulting a girl and two of sexually assaulting a boy, both of whom were under ten years old at the time.
Prosecutor Paul Mytton said Kukla came to the UK from Poland in 2007, and the following year he was employed as site manager at an unnamed 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 early last year her young daughter told her that while they were there he had put his hand under her clothing and touched her.
Her mother reported the matter to the police, and the girl then revealed there had been an earlier similar incident.
When Kukla was then arrested he denied the matters – but later admitted to his wife that he had touched the girl.
And he went on to confess to her that he had concealed a video camera in the girl’s toilets at the school where he worked so he could record them using the toilets.
As a result she went to the police, but when he was re-arrested Kukla denied the offences at the school, although he admitted sexually abusing a young boy as well as the girl.
But officers searched his home and found a memory card from the camera which clearly showed girls aged ten or 11, some of whom were recognisable, using the toilets at the school.
And some of the images had even captured Kukla placing or retrieving the covert camera in a wooden box he had made to match the boxing-in of the pipework.
When that damning evidence was put to him, Kukla admitted he was responsible for those recordings, which he claimed he had started doing to detect vandalism – but continued with them to find out more about himself by seeing what reaction he would get to viewing the images he got on the camera.
He said he had put it in the junior girls’ toilets in January 2013 and left it there until the end of the school year before moving it to the boy’s toilets in September and then to the infants’ toilets in November until the Christmas holiday.
Kukla said he watched the footage on a laptop at school after everyone had gone home, but also took the memory card home and viewed it there before deleting most of the recordings.
Cathlyn Orchard, defending, said: “In terms of the offences in the school, there’s plainly an abuse of trust, but no suggestion he ever did anything to any of the children directly, and it came to an end at the end of 2013 of his own volition.”
Jailing Kukla and ordering him to register as a sex offender for life, Judge de Bertodano told him: “Quite apart from the children, there are the parents who have a right to think that when they send their young children to school they will be safe there.
“One can only imagine their distress when they find out that not only have their children been recorded in a place which should be private, but that this was done by a man for sexual purposes, a man who has also committed contact offences against other young children.