Former teacher hides secret camera in school dressing room

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A former teacher has admitted he upskirted students and planted a camera in a school dressing room after pleading guilty to nine charges.

Raphael Schklowsky, 38, who previously worked as a drama teacher at Herndon High School in the US state of Virginia, faced Fairfax County Circuit Court this week.

The Washington Post reports he admitted to taking photos up skirts and down the blouses of students at the school between May 2017 and June 2018. 

Raphael Schklowsky has pleaded guilty to nine charges. Source: WJLA
Raphael Schklowsky has pleaded guilty to nine charges. Source: WJLA

Police also accused him of hiding a secret camera in a school dressing room that filmed students as they got changed. 

According to a prosecutor, Schklowsky’s crimes were exposed after an au pair staying with the former teacher and his wife in their home found a camera in her bedroom and informed police.

He was arrested in April 2019. 

The Washington Post reports the former teacher has pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of unlawful filming of a minor and two counts of unlawful filming of an adult.

A home in Reston where the au pair noticed the camera. Source: WJLA
A home in Reston where the au pair noticed the camera. Source: WJLA

"Crimes committed against young people by a person in a position of trust are particularly disturbing and will always be a priority for my office," Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney Steve Descano said in a statement, The Washington Post reported. 

"As a prosecutor and a parent, my heart goes out to the victims in this case and their families." 

Schklowsky's lawyer Edward Ungvarsky said in a statement the former teacher was "deeply remorseful and ashamed".

"Since his arrest, Mr Schklowsky has undergone intensive inpatient and community-based treatment and therapy that will ensure such actions never occur again," the statement said. 

Schklowsky will be sentenced on September 3 and faces 37 years behind bars. 

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