Former public school German teacher charged with using hidden camera to take indecent images of 120 children
- Former public school housemaster Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, charged with using hidden cameras to take indecent pictures of 120 children
- He taught German at prestigious £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol
- The charges relate to victims aged between 12 and 17 at the time of filming
- Police: No evidence alleged crimes involved contact offences with pupils
Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, has been charged with using hidden cameras to take indecent pictures of more than 120 children
A former public school housemaster has been charged with using hidden cameras to take indecent pictures of more than 120 children.
Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, taught German at the prestigious £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol for 31 years.
He will appear in a Somerset court next week charged with 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children over a 16-year period. The charges relate to more than 120 alleged victims, aged between 12 and 17 at the time of filming, police revealed yesterday.
Police said there was no evidence the unmarried teacher’s alleged crimes involved contact offences with pupils.
Thomson-Glover was arrested in August last year following a joint operation by Avon and Somerset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police. And he resigned from the post he had held for more than three decades, citing ‘personal reasons’.
Police searched his home on the grounds of Clifton College last summer while students were on their annual holidays.
They also searched Thomson-Glover’s parents’ house in Cullompton, Devon, and another house in Wadebridge, Cornwall.
Thomson-Glover, of Wadebridge, Cornwall, was also a pupil at Clifton College between 1968 to 1980.
He was head of the East Town accommodation house, an all-boys house for day students, that prides itself on its ‘warm, inviting and sociable atmosphere’.
The former teacher is now on bail and due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court in Somerset on Monday.
Clifton College is a co-educational independent school founded in 1862 and has around 720 pupils, a third of them girls.
Former pupils – Old Cliftonians – include comedian John Cleese, First World War military leader Field Marshal Douglas Haig, sports presenter John Inverdale, and actor Trevor Howard.
A statement released by the school said: ‘Mr Thomson-Glover resigned from the school with immediate effect last summer following the discovery, during a broader national investigation of inappropriate material downloaded from the internet.
Thomson-Glover taught at the prestigious £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol (pictured) for 31 years
‘We have been cooperating fully with the police since that time and have been shocked by these allegations.
‘The police have advised us that it would be inappropriate to comment further while their investigation and the legal proceedings are ongoing.
‘The safety and happiness of our pupils is our top priority and we have rigorous safeguarding policies and procedures in place which have been independently reviewed to ensure we meet the highest standards.’