Thomas David Ball Wiki – Thomas David Ball Bio
Thomas David Ball is a teacher at a top-performing independent school in North Yorkshire used a spy camera to take covert video footage of a naked pupil taking a shower – then tried to pin the blame on other staff members.
David Ball who held a senior role at Queen Ethelburga’s also downloaded vile images from the internet of young children being raped, bound, and tortured.
He is 30 years old.
Thomas David Ball Used Spy Cam in School’s Bathroom
The fee-paying day-and-boarding school is between York and Boroughbridge.
York Crown Court heard that Ball became “infatuated” with the pupil, a teenage boy who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Ball “hunted” for social-media snaps of the victim and made “29 separate (Google) searches” for the boy about a month before the spycam incident, said prosecutor Paul Newcombe.
He said that Ball had installed the camera, which he bought on Amazon, in a bathroom at the school.
The boy had just returned from registration when Ball asked him to take a shower. While showering, the boy noticed wires beneath the sink which were connected to a spy camera whose lights were on to show it was active.
Mr. Newcome said the boy trusted Ball enough to hand him the camera. Ball then took it away, “no doubt to dispose of (the 15-minute video footage)”.
The boy, who was suspicious, informed his mother and Ball – who had just been promoted to a role overseeing pupils’ wellbeing and monitoring – later admitted to the school’s deputy safeguarding leader that he had made a “stupid mistake”. He handed the camera to a staff member.
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The school reported the matter to the police but before officers arrived, Ball went to his room, telling staff he was going to “retrieve something”.
In fact, he was trying to “conceal evidence” by hiding a second spy camera, a tablet, and a memory stick in his car boot.
On the tablet was a cache of sickening images of children, including videos showing the rape and torture of very young children.
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Police found Ball’s fingerprints on the spy camera’s memory card and on the device itself. Despite this, he denied he was behind the covert footage of the naked boy and tried to blame other staff members.
“Other members of staff had to be interviewed and questioned,” said Mr. Newcombe.
Police discovered the spy footage and also recovered a laptop and hard drive from Ball’s room containing a stash of indecent images of children which had been downloaded using “peer-to-peer” file-sharing software.
“The images (mainly) involved boys as young as 10 being sexually abused,” said Mr. Newcombe.
There were 168 such images ranging in seriousness from Category A – the worst kind of such material – to Category C, including both photos and videos.