Not guilty plea in case of ex-Ashland County teacher accused of recording students in bathroom

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio- An attorney for the former teacher accused of recording kindergarteners while they used the restrooms, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client Monday afternoon in Ashland County Court of Common Pleas.

Elliot Gornall, 32, faces 25 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

The prosecutor on Monday said 63 images of 25 students were found on Gornall's personal computer.

The case was ordered bound over to the Ashland County Grand Jury and bond was set at $500,000.

“Although these children were unaware they were being secretly filmed by a pinpoint spy camera, the thought that a previously-trusted kindergarten teacher would take advantage of young children in this way is horrifying,” Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell said on Saturday.

Gornall worked for the Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District for four years as a teacher at McMullen Elementary School. He was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 19 after he was arrested and charged with felony drug possession.

Gornall resigned on Dec. 5.