Phillip Evans, a music teacher at Birmingham who used his position to abuse boys in his care and to film pupils on spy cameras fitted in changing rooms
A former music teacher who filmed himself sexually assaulting boys and who amassed 350,000 indecent images of children has had his sentence slashed.
Philip Evans, who taught at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston, abused two teenage boys on camera and covertly photographed others.
Evans, 39, most recently of Parkland Road, Cheltenham, was caged for 44 months at Birmingham Crown Court last December after he admitted sexual assault, voyeurism and making indecent images of children.
But three senior judges at London's Appeal Court have now upheld Evans' sentence challenge and slashed his jail term by more than a quarter to 32 months.
Lord Justice Davis said Evans was a man of previous good character with an unblemished teaching career of more than 13 years when his crimes came to light.
The appeal judge said Evans used spy cameras, bought from a specialist security firm in the US, to capture images of children while they were either naked or partially dressed.
He also used a hidden camera to secretly record footage of an adult man showering. Evans videoed himself abusing boys aged 13 to 15.
Aside from his direct recordings, police discovered that Evans had gathered a catalogue of indecent images of children, although 90 per cent of the 350,000 snaps were said to be of the least serious level.
When Evans was quizzed by cops he eventually admitted using the cameras to record children. In relation to the sexual assaults, he said: "I might have gotten a bit too close".
The author of a pre-sentence report said Evans had "struggled to come to terms with his sexuality" and had emotional problems.
He was "entirely remorseful", took full responsibility for his offending and expressed a desire to address his problems, the appeal judge said.
On appeal, his barrister argued that, as the vast majority of the images were of the least serious type, the part of his jail term which related to them was excessive.
Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice King and Mr Justice Holroyde, said Evans still had thousands of images above the lowest level of seriousness.
But he continued: "Nevertheless, it had to be said Evans had strong mitigation, quite apart from his plea.
"For example, his previous good character, he was truly remorseful, the effect on his reputation and career has been disastrous, and he is making strong and determined attempts to address his behavioural problems."
The appeal judge slashed Evans' total sentence from 44 months to 32 months.
He will remain on the sex offenders' register and subject to a sexual offences prevention order, as before.