Raphael Schklowsky, a high school drama teacher, pleaded guilty to planting a hidden camera in his students’ dressing room. The 38-year-old was charged with taking lewd images of his students while they undressed, as well as possessing over 8,000 images of child pornography.
Law enforcement identified 10 victims in the drama teacher’s collection of lewd images, including his own students as they undressed in the high school dressing room. Schklowsky pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple charges in a plea deal with the Fairfax County prosecutors.
Raphael Schklowsky was a former drama teacher for Herndon High School. He directed the school plays for years and now faces up to 37 years in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for September.
The former drama teacher was accused of planting a hidden camera in the students’ dressing room and taking invasive pictures of girls, including photos up his student’s skirts and down their blouses with his phone. He pleaded guilty to multiple counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of unlawful filming of minors.
Raphael Schklowsky is a husband and father of multiple daughters. He was caught after an au pair living in his home reported him to police, after finding a hidden camera in her room. He was arrested back in April 2019, but the allegations were made worse after police searched his iPhone and other electronic devices.
Law enforcement found over 8,000 images of child porn and identified 10 victims who related to Schklowsky in some way. The drama teacher was then admitted to the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit in Chester, Pa., and began treatment for sexually compulsive behavior.
A statement from his attorney ascertains that he has deep remorse for his actions and is “committed to being a good husband to his wife and a good father to his daughters.” Schklowsky lawyer, Edward Ungvarsky, explained that “Raphael Schklowsky is deeply remorseful, ashamed and contrite for his offending behavior,” and that “since his arrest, Mr. Schklowsky has undergone intensive inpatient and community-based treatment and therapy that will ensure such actions never occur again.”
Despite his attorney’s defense, law enforcement believes there is no excuse for his actions. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve T. Descano said that “crimes committed against young people by a person in a position of trust are particularly disturbing and will always be a priority for my office.” He continued, saying that “as a prosecutor and a parent, my heart goes out to the victims in this case and their families.”
One victim, in particular, is anxiously awaiting justice. The unidentified individual who was one of Raphael Schklowsky’s students has been waiting years to see him face consequences for his actions. She told The Washington Post that she thinks “he should be in prison for a long time.”