A Hillsborough County teacher is charged with video voyeurism, accused of placing hidden cameras in the changing area of a fashion design class at Bloomingdale Senior High School.
The school’s principal sent an automated phone message to parents notifying them about the arrest of Mark William Ackett, 49, who was a family consumer science teacher and girl’s track coach at Bloomingdale High School.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, a student entered a designated fitting/changing room within a fashion design classroom to try on clothing. While changing into various outfits, the victim noticed an electronic recording device set up to secretly record the same area where she was undressing.
According to the sheriff’s office, the student immediately dressed herself and reported the incident to the school administration.
The administration began an initial investigation and alerted HCSO. Detectives began a criminal investigation and learned that the cameras had been secretly placed in the changing room.
The sheriff’s office says Ackett told detectives that he placed them there intentionally and for the purposes of recording the victim in various stages of undress. Ackett admitted to detectives he was recording students while they were changing.
Detectives are working to find out if there are any additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.
Ackett no longer works at the school. The school district says he resigned.
Ackett started his employment with the school district in 1991. He worked in the school district’s central office before he became a teacher at Bloomingdale High School in January of 2017.
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