Bloomingdale High School Teacher Arrested For Video Voyeurism
Mark Ackett, age 49 of Plant City, was arrested after recording a student in a dressing room in his fashion design class at Bloomingdale Senior High School.
Ackett is facing a charge of video voyeurism for recording a student undressing on school property.
On Tuesday, September 11, around 10 a.m., a student at Bloomingdale Senior High School entered a designated fitting/changing room within a fashion design classroom to try on clothing. While changing into various outfits, the victim noticed an electronic recording devices set up to covertly record the same area where she was undressing.
The student immediately dressed herself and reported the incident to the school administration.
Police say that the school administration began an initial investigation and alerted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives began a criminal investigation and learned that the cameras had been secretly placed in the changing room by the fashion design teacher, Mark William Ackett. He placed them there intentionally and for the purposes of recording the victim in various stages of undress.
Ackett admitted to detectives he was recording students while they were changing.
Ackett was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism.
Hillsborough County Public School’s Professional Standards was notified and is also investigating.
The criminal investigation is active and on going.
Detectives are working to find out if there are any additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.