LOUDONVILLE, OH – Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell announced today that his office will charge former teacher Elliot Gornall, 32, most recently of Lorain, with 25 felony counts of secretly recording kindergarten students who were using the toilet in an elementary school bathroom.
"The thought of a kindergarten teacher secretly filming his students on the toilet is repulsive to us all," said Tunnell.
Gornall resigned his teacher position last year following an arrest for felony drug possession. The new charges arose from an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation examination of Mr. Gornall’s personal computer.
“While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, the evidence we’ve uncovered is both disturbing and shocking,” Prosecuting Attorney Tunnell said. “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.”
The pinpoint spy camera, essentially invisible, was hung on a wall clip in the bathroom.
There is no indication at this time that Gornall touched any of the students inappropriately.
"My child was a student of Mr. Gornall and was secretly videotaped," said John Carroll, parent and school board member. "Our family was very upset about this and will move forward and do what's best for our child," he said.
Gornall worked for the district for four years following clean background checks from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted on all charges from this matter, Gornall faces up to 184 years in prison.
Loudonville is providing counseling and support to the students and their families affected by this case.