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Teenager facing 'upskirt' charges involving two teachers at his Co Fermanagh school

A TEENAGER is to contest charges linked to alleged “upskirt” recordings of two teachers at his Co Fermanagh school.

The accused, who cannot be identified, faces five charges linked to making covert video-recordings underneath the skirts of the two female members of staff.

The offences were allegedly committed on various dates between February 2015 and September 2016.

A prosecuting lawyer told a review hearing at Enniskillen Youth Court an evidential report sought on the USB stick on which the images were found is still awaited.

Noting some of the charges date from 2015, District Judge Michael Ranahan spoke of his concerns over the delay before listing a further review for early October.

The accused was not present in court for the hearing.

When concerns were first raised, PSNI investigated and sent a file to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), but a decision was issued not to prosecute.

The PPS said the activities reported to them did not constitute an offence in criminal law, and that the women teachers involved "were not observed doing a private act and therefore the evidential test in respect of the offence of voyeurism" was not met.

However it later emerged the teen was being prosecuted for the alternative charges of outraging public decency, all of which are denied.

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