“The things that got me in trouble were the cell phone footage and taking pictures with the cell phone, and that’s the disgusting aspect of this whole thing.”
Former Maple Ridge special education teacher John Mackinnon is banned from teaching in BC after he admitted to secretly filming women and girls on his cell phone.
Mackinnon claims he suffered a series of concussions and his mental health deteriorated after a motorcycle accident in 2010.
“Slowly I started to find it harder and harder to control these feelings of perverse sexuality. I kept convincing myself this is okay this okay; I can continue to do this. I was deceiving myself, I was in total denial of it, and it just got worse and worse and worse.”
He says “I’m not blaming the accident completely, because I do feel that I have responsibility over my actions, and I believe what I’ve done, I have to live with whoever I am at this point. So that’s why I took the actions I did after I was arrested.”
Mackinnon was arrested at a Langley Wal-Mart in 2012 for taking videos of women’s posteriors and up women’s skirts.
When police searched recordings on his cell phone, they discovered five recordings from his school.
Two were of a ten year old female student’s groin area from under her desk .
“It was a tremendous betrayal of my students, of my colleagues, of my friends. I feel totally disgusted with myself for doing it, and yet I feel I’ve gone through this, I have to come out the other end, I have to rebuild my life, and whatever it takes I will.”
MacKinnon was criminally charged and pleaded guilty to one count of secretly recording for a sexual purpose.
He was handed an 18 month conditional discharge in January.
He says “the way I took responsibility for my actions after my arrest was to ask my doctor to refer me to a psychiatrist, I joined a 12 step program since I felt the uncontrollable aspect suggested an addiction, I had regular visits to a psychologist specializing in sexual deviant cases, I stayed active in volunteer activities in my community and regularly went to my local church for spiritual support and fellowship.”
MacKinnon agreed to a consent resolution agreement with the Teachers Regulation Branch and will not apply again for a teaching certificate.