Peoria- A Dunlap High School teacher who resigned after allegedly admitting to secretly video recording students from angles that revealed their undergarments was charged Tuesday with a felony. Gordon Mills, 51, of Mapleton was ordered held on $7,500 bond on a Class 3 felony count of unauthorized videotaping. He faces two to five years in prison if convicted, though he could be eligible for probation. Few new details were revealed during his brief appearance in court Tuesday via closed-circuit video from the Peoria County Jail. In the charge against him, prosecutors allege he placed his iPad on the ground at the foot of his desk and recorded students as they approached.
According to police reports, Mills was confronted about his activity Sept. 7 after a student saw images on the teacher’s work computer. Other school staff and administrators were alerted. Mills initially denied the images were his and attempted to erase them, but school personnel retrieved the material. On Sept. 8, Mills allegedly admitted to his activities and submitted a handwritten letter of resignation to the school. According to a report from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department, Mills told Dunlap High School Principal Thomas Welsh that he did not create the videos for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Instead, Mills told Welsh he had accidentally recorded an image of a student’s underwear one time, then continued to do so just for the challenge of it, according to the report.
Hey getting old is real tough stuff. Your body wears down, friends start to disappear, your kids develop booze and drug dependencies and have illegitimate pregnancies. It’s real important to find new and exciting challenges that help mask your agonizing depression and self-hatred and make you feel alive again. Some people pick up lifting or biking and other forms of exercise. Others join clubs and expand their decrepit social circle.
And then there’s wily ol’ Gordon Mills, a modern day Hitchcock delicately placing his iPad around his classroom to secretly take videos of girls’ underwear. Setting up seating charts and angles so the hot girls get to star in his little productions. Working the cinematography and lighting to catch the gash in just the right light. Anything to challenge the mind and get the blood pumping. Although in most cases a high school teacher that gets his blood pumping to his dick is probably going to end up in jail. Hey maybe he can teach Filmmaking when he gets out of the can.
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