A former Ashland County teacher, previously indicted on drug charges, is now facing more than two-dozen charges of secretly recording children in a school bathroom.
According to the Ashland County Prosecutor’s office, Elliot Gornall, 32, of Lorain will be charged with 25 felony counts.
Gornall was indicted on felony drug possession in November of 2014. The prosecutor’s office said that the new charges arose from an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation examination of Gornall’s computer.
Investigators say that Gornall used a pinpoint spy camera hung on a wall clip, at R.F. McMullen Elementary School, to secretly record kindergarten students as they used the bathroom.
Prosecuting Attorney Chris Tunnell said up to 63 videos, of 25 children, were found on Gornall’s computer. He said it does not appear that the videos were uploaded to the internet or otherwise shared. Tunnell also explained that there is no evidence that Gornall touched any children inappropriately.
School principal Annette Gorrell said Gornall applied for his job in May 2011, and he passed all required background checks.
“There was no indication that he was the sort of person that would do this kind of thing,” Gorrell said.
If convicted of all charges and sentenced to consecutive terms, Gornall faces up to 184 years in prison.