VALRICO, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Hillsborough County high school fashion design teacher who was arrested for in September for having hidden cameras in the girls dressing room had hundreds of videos and images of teenage girls, detectives say.
Mark William Ackett, 50, who was a teacher at Bloomingdale High School, is now charged with 267 counts of video voyeurism and dozens of other related charges including child pornography.
Detectives began investigating Ackett after a student discovered two hidden cell phones in the changing room.
Deputies arrested Ackett, seized cell phones, and got a search warrant for his other devices. They say they discovered 267 videos and images of girls ages 14 to 18 years old in various stages of undress.
Deputies believe he had been recording girls for nearly two years. According to a recorded call to parents by Bloomingdale's principal, there are 68 suspected victims.
"I really hope that he does get what he deserves and I'm glad that people are really standing up for themselves and not letting this go by," said Summer Psarras, a senior at Bloomingdale, who added she hopes Ackett learns his lesson. "I don't think he ever will, but I hope he gets close. If he did learn his lesson, he would know not to do it from the start."
"To think that a teacher you trust or you've known for a long time would really go and do something like that and violate your privacy," added Alexa Paulin, another student.
Hillsborough County Public Schools Communications and Media organizer Grayson Kamm said the district will look at how they handle changing rooms in the future for that class.
Ackett had been a family consumer science teacher since January 2017. He resigned from his position following the allegations after being with the school district since 1991.
Ackett was also the girls' track team coach, and school administrators said Ackett served as the assistant principal at Bloomingdale High School at one time during his career. Ackett also spent time teaching at Plant City High School.
Detectives are trying to determine whether there are more victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 813-247-8200.