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Teacher took surreptitious photos of students

A science teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland has been convicted of two counts of child sex abuse, the Bethesda Beat reports.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase H.S., Bethesda, Md. (Montgomery County Public Schools)

Todd Michael Scriber, 38, of Gaithersburg, was found guilty in a bench trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court and faces up to 25 years in prison on each count.

He took inappropriate photos of students in his anatomy and physiology class at the high school, beginning in October 2015, according to the state’s attorney.

A complaint came in a little over a year ago, when a 14-year-old female student told police Mr Scriber was trying to take a photo of her under her skirt with his cellphone while she turned in a test.

Police obtained a search warrant for his phone and found several pictures of fully-clothed students’ buttocks, legs, and breasts. All the photos appeared to have been taken without the girls’ permission.

He started teaching at B-CC in 2009, after teaching for a while at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg. The Montgomery County Public Schools put him on leave when the allegations surfaced, and he resigned in February, according to a school spokesperson.

Last month, a Georgia teacher was accused of taking inappropriate pictures under girls’ skirts, and an investigation was launched after a male student made a complaint to a resource officer about the incident, WDEF-News-12 reported.

“I don’t play around with that kind of stuff,” the station quoted Eric McPhee, Murray County superintendent, as saying. “It doesn’t matter who makes the complaint. If there is one, we will look into it.”

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