A Paralympian has avoided a criminal conviction after secretly filming a semi-naked teenage girl as he performed physiotherapy on her at her school.

Bronze medallist and flag-bearer Cameron Rahles-Rahbula will instead pay a $5000 fine after a magistrate found him guilty of using his mobile phone to film the topless student without her consent at Geelong Grammar School in 2021.

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula has been found guilty of covertly filming a female student he was treating at Geelong Grammar School.Credit:Getty Images

The 39-year-old had argued he must have accidentally activated the video recorder on his iPhone when he placed it down in front of his teen patient. He told the Geelong Magistrates’ Court he deleted the video when he realised it had been recorded.

But magistrate Simon Guthrie said the victim gave credible evidence and described the moment she rolled over on the treatment table to find her physiotherapist’s phone “strategically” propped up between a wallet and tissue box, facing her direction.

“What brings you before the court might be described as poor judgement. It wasn’t very well planned or sophisticated,” Guthrie said.

“Not surprisingly, it had an impact on [the victim] at the time.”

Paralympian Cameron Rahles-Rahbula avoided conviction.

Rahles-Rahbula, who is a Geelong Grammar alumnus, was a flag-bearer for the Australian Paralympic team at two Winter Paralympic Games.

He competed in four Winter Games, winning two bronze medals in the men’s slalom standing event – para-alpine skiing – and the men’s super combined standing event at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Following his arrest, Rahles-Rahbula denied any wrongdoing and contested the charges before being found guilty on Tuesday.

At the time of the offending, Rahles-Rahbula was employed as a physiotherapist at the Corio Bay Medical Group, which was contracted to provide on-site treatments to Geelong Grammar students.

In 2021, the victim attended an appointment with Rahles-Rahbula to receive treatment to her neck and back at school.

During the treatment, the minor said she noticed a mobile phone appeared to have been strategically placed near her as she lay partly undressed on the treatment table.

Towards the end of the treatment, a towel was placed over the phone, but the victim remained in the room afterwards in an attempt to see if the phone had been recording.

When her suspicions were confirmed, she contacted police.

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula collecting his bronze medal at the Paralympics.

Judge Guthrie noted Rahles-Rahbula had no prior criminal convictions and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered him to pay a $5000 fine.

Following Tuesday’s hearing, Geelong Grammar principal Rebecca Cody released a statement to the school community praising the courage and leadership of the victim for coming forward and reporting the incident.

Cody said she was troubled and appalled at the betrayal of trust that had occurred and expressed gratitude for the police involved in the investigation.

“Student safeguarding, care and wellbeing are critical priorities for our school,” the principal said.

“We actively encourage and support [students] to use their voices to keep themselves and others safe. It is through listening and acting that we enable a culture that places student safety at its core.”

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