R v Jarvis

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Response or Comment

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Sexual Offences, Public Morals and Disorderly Conduct, Voyeurism


It seems safe to safe [sic] that Ryan Jarvis personally has few supporters. A school-teacher ogling the chests of his female students would be seen as a "perv" by his students, and shunned (and one hopes corrected) by his colleagues. That Jarvis used a hidden camera to do so, rather than staring openly, makes matters seem worse rather than better. The Supreme Court decides here that his behaviour is, in fact, so socially inappropriate as to be an offence - or, as I often put the point in explaining this type of issue to students, he has crossed the line from being a "jerk" to being a "criminal".