TAMPA, FL – A former high school teacher from Hillsborough County has recently pleaded guilty to over 300 counts of video voyeurism that reportedly victimized at least 125 people, many of whom were high school students.
The students were reportedly recorded in varying states of undress without their knowledge.
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) April 1, 2021
According to reports, 52-year-old Mark Ackett was previously a fashion design teacher and girls’ track coach at Bloomingdale High School, getting hired on at the school in January of 2017.
From the evidence presented by the Hillsborough States Attorney’s Office, it was discovered in September of 2018 that Ackett had used hidden cell phones to secretly record students in the designated changing area for the classroom.
The disgraced former educator had entered an open guilty plea on April 1st, admitting to being responsible for 323 counts of video voyeurism by a school employee and one count of video voyeurism of an adult.
The various aforementioned counts were representative of all 125 victims associated with the case.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren stated the following after Ackett plead guilty to the charges at hand:
“This is an important win for our prosecutors and our community. He pled guilty because we built such a strong case against him, working with our partners in law enforcement. There’s no way out for him—no way for him to avoid being held accountable—so he surrendered.”
Outside of the high school debacle, Ackett also pled guilty to 27 counts of video voyeurism that were unrelated to the incidents that transpired at the high school, nor were they at all connected to his former teaching position.
Those 27 counts reportedly came to be after the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office seized various recording devices from Ackett in relation to the high school case. Reportedly, 13 of those 27 counts involved victims under the age of 16.
Between all the collective counts that Ackett pled guilty to, it comes to a total of 336 second-degree felonies and 15 third-degree felonies.
Ackett could face up to 15 years in prison for each second-degree felony count and up to 5 years in prison for each third-degree felony count, but the actual sentencing is going to be determined by a judge who can choose to run sentences consecutively or concurrently.
Hillsborough State Attorney Warren noted that by Ackett accepting the plea deal, it has managed to alleviate the victims of having to go through an entire trial:
“This plea spares these young women the pain of reliving their victimization during a trial, and it helps them heal. We’ve worked to make sure these victims have access to services and counseling.
“As the father of two young daughters, I’m not sure what I can say to these young women to bring back what Mark Ackett took away from them—but I can now say, to each of them, we have delivered justice.”
Ackett will reportedly face sentencing on May 10th.
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In other reports related to teachers allegedly behaving badly, back in January, Law Enforcement Today shared a report about a former teacher in Portland getting charged for her alleged involvement in the riots that occurred in 2020.
Here’s that previous report.
PORTLAND, OR – According to reports, a 29-year-old former substitute teacher and school volleyball coach has been indicted for her alleged criminal activity during a riot that transpired on August 6th of 2020 in Portland.
And what’s all the more interesting in this case, it turns out that the charges were initially dropped against the former substitute teacher in 2020 – but were resurrected and returned as an indictment in January of 2021.
Malia Lynne Trammell, 29, of Portland, has been indicted over an #antifa riot where she's charged with felony rioting, felony identity theft, criminal mischief, escape & more.
She's a teacher.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 25, 2021
The day following the August 6th, 2020 riot in Portland, the Portland Police Bureau released a detailed account of what transpired in the city and the names and ages of those arrested from same said riot.
Among the names listed, and alleged offenses cited, was that of Malia Trammell (which the initial release spelled her last name as “Treammell”).
According to the PPB, Trammell was arrested and charged with rioting, third-degree escape, first-degree criminal mischief, and interfering with a police officer.
And despite the rather severe nature of the alleged charges, the suspect was initially released without bail and her charges were later dropped by District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the reinstatement of a criminal case against 29-year-old Malia Lynne Trammell who is accused of using a device to puncture a tire on a @PortlandPolice vehicle in August. https://t.co/plr9ccvUld pic.twitter.com/YCXi4epoGY
— Multnomah County DA's Office (@MultCoDA) January 20, 2021
However, five months later – these charges cropped back up, and now Trammel is also facing an additional charge that came back on the returned indictment from a grand jury on January 8th of 2021.
On January 20th, Trammell was arraigned for the above listed charges (with the criminal mischief being downgraded to second-degree) and also felony identity theft.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 7, 2020
The background on the suspects alleged criminal conduct from August 6th proclaims that Trammell was part and parcel to a group of rioters who were using metal spikes, referred to as caltrops, to puncture Portland Police vehicle tires while a riot was transpiring outside of the police station.
Trammell was alleged to have used one of these caltrops to compromise one of the tires on the PPB sound truck on August 6th, which said vehicle is utilized to make various announcements via loudspeaker when instances such as civil unrest or riots occur.
When officers on the ground attempted to arrest Trammell, she was alleged to have slipped out of her backpack that was being held onto and make a break for it – but only briefly.
After the suspect had turned a corner on foot, she reportedly fell and was subsequently arrested.
Police allegedly recovered numerous crudely constructed caltrops from her backpack – which the PPB did showcase the type of caltrops that were seized during that evening of rioting via their August 7th, 2020 press release.
While little details have been released as to why the charges were reinstated, and thus a grand jury indictment is being honored by the District Attorney, these latest charging documents also accuse Trammell of providing a false identity to authorities.
Considering the suspects past exploits as an educator, Fox News had reached out to the Gladstone School District in Oregon to determine Trammell’s employment status with the school district.
From what the outlet says of the school district’s response, Trammell was noted as being, “an occasional substitute teacher and a part time assistant volleyball coach,” but hasn’t done any of the sort since November of 2019.
Further public records do show that Trammell was regarded as the aforementioned, specifically noting that she was a “long term substitute science teacher” at Gladstone High School.
Trammell is slated for her next court appearance on March 10th.
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