Pupils have shown their support for their disgraced teacher and signed a petition protesting his innocence, after he was convicted of exposure when his swimming pool changing room cubicle door swung open while he was naked.
According to reports on the Mirror Online, Alisdair John Wilson’s career has been left in tatters after a woman reported seeing him standing “totally naked” in the unisex changing rooms at his local baths in Carlisle.
He was found guilty by a jury yesterday, following a two-day trial, but Wilson’s pupils, past and present, are furious with the verdict and immediately set up a petition, which has 1,272 signatures, calling for Judge Peter Hughes QC to order a retrial.
Wilson’s mother Caroline Taylor added:
I have seen first-hand what the past 8 months has done to my son. Nobody knows a person better than their mum and I know that Ally is completely innocent. It has been a huge miscarriage of justice from start to finish. I will never trust the justice system again.
Wilson reportedly visited The Pools on April 1, earlier this year, when the incident occurred. The teacher continues to attest that the moment was a complete accident, but prosecutor Gerard Rogerson claimed: “He intended someone else to see this and to be alarmed and distressed by it”.
Speaking in court, the woman who reported the incident said:
I noticed something behind me in the mirror. I could see a door open and the man that has been named [Wilson] behind me, stood totally naked with the door wide open. [Later], the door opened and he was stood totally naked again. I couldn’t believe it was happening again. It didn’t look like an accident.
Wilson told the court he had made a mistake by failing to lock the cubicle door as he got changed inside, and denied deliberately opening the door in order to expose himself.
The judge granted Wilson bail and adjourned the case for a background report, but Wilson could end up being jailed for up to 26 weeks at his sentencing on November 27. Regardless of how strict his punishment ends up being, it’s clear Wilson’s career in education is over with the guilty verdict.