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Teacher who allegedly filmed disrobing students hit with hundreds of new charges

Hillsborough County

A teacher who allegedly recorded students disrobing in a fashion design class in Valrico is facing more charges, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. 

Mark Ackett, 50, a former fashion design teacher at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico faces an additional 311 counts related to video voyeurism and the production of harmful material using a minor, a news release states. 

Ackett was initially arrested in September after one of his students found two cell phones, one of them recording, where she and other classmates undressed for assignments.

Ackett was arrested that month and charged with one count of video voyeurism. He was arrested again in October after a forensic examination revealed nearly 300 videos and images of young girls, which led to the filing of an additional 267 video voyeurism charges, as well as 73 counts of production of harmful material to a minor and 13 counts of possession of child pornography. 

According to a sheriff’s office spokesman, Ackett was arrested Friday and charged with 238 counts of video voyeurism involving students, one count of video voyeurism involving an adult, and 72 counts of production of harmful material using a minor.

“A forensic analysis was conducted on multiple recording devices and digital media storage devices after the service of a court authorized search warrant. On these devices, videos and images of females changing in the Fashion Design class at Bloomingdale High School were located,” a release states.

In numerous videos, Ackett can be seen placing, concealing and removing the recording devices, investigators said. 

A criminal investigation is ongoing. Those who believe they or their child is a victim of Ackett are being asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

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