Florida Teacher Charged 353 Times For Recording Students While Changing

Florida teacher faces 353 new charges of recording students changing

A Florida teacher who was arrested last month and accused of secretly recording underage students undressing on school property was arrested again Monday and faces 353 new charges, WTSP reported.

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Mark William Ackett, 50, who resigned as a fashion design teacher at Bloomingdale High School in the Tampa suburb of Valrico, turned himself back in to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he is being held on a $2 million bond, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Ackett now faces an additional 267 charges of video voyeurism, 73 counts of production of harmful material of a minor and 13 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Ackett was originally arrested Sept. 11, on the same day one of his 17-year-old students found two cellphones hidden in the classroom changing area where she and her classmates changed for fashion assignments, the newspaper reported.

According to court records, the student who found the camera told school officials she was dressed only in a bra and panties when she noticed two separate boxes in the changing room that had holes for the cellphones’ camera lenses, according to the Times.

One of the devices was actively recording when it was discovered by the student, WTSP reported.

Ackett was charged with one count of video voyeurism and was released Sept. 12 after posting a $7,500 bond.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Ackett’s cellphones were seized during the initial investigation and a search warrant was obtained and served on the devices, WTSP reported.

Analysis of the phones revealed 267 videos and images of girls ranging in age from 14 to 18 in various stages of undress, WFLA reported.

Ackett resigned after his first arrest after a 27-year career in the school district. He is married with two teenage boys, the Times reported.

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