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Plant City Observer Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018 1 week ago

Bloomingdale teacher placed hidden cameras to film changing student

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The teacher, who resides in Plant City, is facing a charge of video voyeurism.
by: Breanne Williams Staff Writer

A Plant City man who was a teacher at Bloomingdale Senior High School is facing a charge of video voyeurism after admitting to detectives he recorded a student while she was changing on campus.

Mark William Ackett, 49, was a family consumer science teacher and the girl’s track coach at Bloomingdale. Yesterday, a student went into a designated changing room in the fashion design classroom to try on clothing, according to a report by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. 

While she was changing she noticed there were electronic recording devices in the room. HCSO said she immediately put her clothes back on and reported the incident to the school’s administration. They immediately began an investigation and alerted HCSO. 

Officers said Ackett, who lives in Plant City, placed cameras in the changing room to intentionally film the victim while they undressed. He was arrested and Hillsborough County Public School’s Professional Standards was notified. 

The school district said Ackett resigned his position and no longer works at Bloomingdale. He was hired by the school district in 1991, working at the district’s central office before taking a teaching position at Bloomingdale in January of 2017.

The criminal investigation is active and on-going and HCPSPS is investigating as well. Detectives are attempting to find out if there are any other victims. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call HCSO at 813-247-8200. 

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