A former Virginia high school teacher pleaded guilty in connection to taking lewd images of students and possessing some 8,000 images of child pornography.
Raphael Schklowsky, 38, admitted guilt to multiple charges in a deal with Fairfax County prosecutors Monday, according to the Washington Post.
The former Herndon High School teacher now faces 37 years behind bars when he is sentenced in September.
Schklowsky, who directed school plays, planted a camera in the dressing room to record students changing, prosecutors alleged. He was also accused of snapping invasive pictures of girls with his phone.
The deviant drama teacher 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, according to the report.
Police were able to identify 10 victims in his cache of perverted content, but many more could not be recognized, the newspaper said.
“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’s Attorney Steve Descano said.
Schklowsky was initially charged with secretly recording videos of his au pair in 2019, after the worker found a camera in her bedroom and called police.
His lawyer reportedly said Schklowsky accepts responsibility for his crimes.
“Raphael Schklowsky is deeply remorseful, ashamed and contrite for his offending behavior,” Edward Ungvarsky said, according to the newspaper. “Since his arrest, Mr. Schklowsky has undergone intensive inpatient and community-based treatment and therapy that will ensure such actions never occur again.”
One of Schklowsky’s victims reportedly said it’s been hard to wait years to see her teacher face justice.
“I think he should be in prison for a long time,” she told The Washington Post.