Former Montreal elementary school teacher pleads guilty to voyeurism
MONTREAL -- A former Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce elementary school teacher has pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism following an undercover police operation in the Villa Maria Metro, which led to his arrest.
The prosecution stated 39-year-old Simon Lamarre filmed film teenagers in public pools, in the Metro and on escalators.
He used his cell phone to film unsuspecting girls, capturing images of their bodies and up their skirts, according to prosecutors.
His former girlfriend notified police after discovering the videos on an old computer and discarded USB keys.
The arrest took place on Sept. 25, 2020 after Lamarre was caught recording video under the skirts of three high school students while going up the stairs at Villa Maria Metro.
Undercover police were waiting for him when he stepped outside and placed him under arrest.
At the time, Lamarre was teaching Grade 5 at Notre-Dame-De-Grace elementary school -- a job he then quit to become a lecturer at both Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke, in their education faculties.
Both institutions issued statements indicating that Lamarre isn’t currently assigned to any classes.
Université de Montréal said it found Lamarre’s behaviour unacceptable, adding it plans to look at its options moving forward. Université de Sherbrooke stated it would wait for his sentencing on Oct. 21 before making a decision.
Meantime, Lamarre is forbidden from being in the presence of minors while on bail.