A high school teacher who has admitted making secret up-skirt
videos can be named for the first time today.
Name suppression for former Lincoln High School assistant
principal Douglas Martin lapsed at 10am today after dropping
plans to keep his identity secret through an appeal to the
The 57-year-old was arrested last November and charged with
making intimate visual recordings with a pen camera at
various Christchurch locations. It involved 17 victims.
On January 16 this year, Martin pleaded guilty at
Christchurch District Court to 20 charges of making an
intimate visual recording during June to November 2012.
Martin, who is on bail, will be sentenced on April 18.
Lincoln High School said today it was shocked to hear of the
allegations and Martin's subsequent arrest, and said it had
co-operated fully with police.
The school had notified the Ministry of Education and
followed legal advice throughout.
Principal Linda Tame said she was outraged and angry about
"It's an immense breach of trust," said Mrs 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."
Lincoln High School has put in place a number of welfare
initiatives to ensure that should anyone need support it is
readily available via the school.
Martin had been suspended from his job after his arrest and
was not permitted on school grounds.
The board of trustees accepted his resignation, with
immediate effect, on January 24 and he was no longer employed
by Lincoln High School.