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Virginia Drama Teacher Accused of Recording Students Undressing in School

A Virginia drama teacher previously accused of illegally filming his au pair and charged with child pornography also filmed girls "in various states of undress" inside a high school, Fairfax County police said.

Police investigating accusations against Raphael Schklowsky, the former theater director at Herndon High School, combed through 3,500 videos and uncovered the filming inside the school, Maj. Ed O'Carroll said. At least 10 victims are identifiable in the videos, and police have positively identified nine of those victims, but they said there are dozens of victims whose faces can't be seen in the videos.

"This is a huge, disappointing development, one that none of my detectives, the Fairfax County Police Department, the Fairfax County Public Schools, wanted to be as part of the outcome," O'Carroll said.

Schklowsky hid cameras in rooms throughout the school to get video and photos of students undressing from May 2017 through June 2018, police said.

“When you drop your kids off at school — I have three in high school myself — you expect it to be a safe environment,” O’Carroll said.

“This offender let us down, and he’ll be held accountable for that,” he added.

Schklowsky is facing 10 new felony charges of unlawful creation of video or image of a minor.

Schklowsky previously was charged with 20 felony counts of possession of child pornography, one felony account of unlawful filming and four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming and held without bond.

Police first arrested Schklowsky in early April. They said he hid cameras in the au pair’s room in the Reston home where he lives with his wife and two children.

The au pair sent police a photo, and they went to the house with a search warrant.

Detectives said they found one of the recording devices inside an air vent in the au pair’s bedroom. They seized a long list of electronics, including something called a smoke detector camera.

When Schklowsky initially was charged with child pornography, Herndon High School said those charges were not related to any students or staff at the school.

The ongoing investigation revealed there were in fact victims inside the school. 

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim or they know someone who may be a victim should call 703-246-7800.

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