Former Maryland Teacher Convicted of Taking ‘Upskirt' Photos of Student

A former teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, has been convicted of sex abuse charges after he took photos up a student's skirt with his cellphone.

A judge on Tuesday found 38-year-old Todd Michael Scriber of Gaithersburg guilty of two counts of sex abuse of a minor, The Washington Post reports.

Scriber was arrested after a 14-year-old student told investigators that while she was staying after school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to retake a test on Oct. 2, 2015, she saw Scriber point a phone under her skirt.

The girl said she jumped back and distanced herself from the science teacher, News4 previously reported. She finished the exam and told her family about the incident, police said. Her report launched the investigation into Scriber, police said.

Detectives found several photos of other students on Scriber's phone that authorities said he took without their permission.

Four days after the incident, a detective talked to Scriber, who allowed him to look at photos on his phone, police said. When Scriber realized the detective was looking at the photos that showed "various areas of the female anatomy," he tried to grab the phone away.

Police previously said they identified three students in those photos, including two 17-year-old girls and one 16-year-old girl.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman with the county prosecutor's office, says Scriber faces as much as 25 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced in January.

He was allowed to post $10,000 bond, according to online court records. 

Scriber was put on leave by the school district when officials learned of the allegations. He is no longer an employee, the Post reported.

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