FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (FOX 5 DC) -- A former Herndon High School drama teacher recorded as "as many as 10 victims, maybe more" using at least one hidden camera in the school, Fairfax County police said on Wednesday.
They are asking anyone who may have been victimized between May 2017 and June 2018 to come forward by calling (703) 246-7800.
Police say they discovered the child pornography when they were investigating allegations that
Raphael Schklowsky had used a hidden camera to record a woman inside his home.
That victim told investigators she found the camera inside an A/C vent.
About one month later, police announced that in addition to the four counts of unlawful filming, they had arrested Schklowsky on at least 20 felony charges of child pornography possession.
The 36-year-old was arrested on four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming, investigators found more evidence on electronic devices, including 3,500 videos.
At the time, said they did not believe that anything suspicious happened at Schklowsky's school.
However, during a Wednesday news conference, police said they discovered the victims while combing through the mountain of evidence that surfaced during the investigation.
Upon his initial arrest, Schklowsky was placed on leave from the district.
Liz Noto, the principal of Herndon High, sent out the following letter to families Wednesday:
"A short while ago, Fairfax County Police announced more information related to their investigation into former drama teacher Raphael Schklowsky. Police disclosed today that at least 9 Herndon High School students have been identified who were illegally videotaped inside the school by Mr. Schklowsky between May 2017 and June 2018. Our previous messages to you indicated that the earlier charges against Mr. Schklowsky were unrelated to the school or our students, which was information police had provided based on their investigation at that time. Additional details about these latest charges are available at the link at the bottom of this message.
We will have a team of social workers and psychologists in place beginning tomorrow at the school's main office to provide any needed support for students, families, or staff members. We will make every effort to be responsive to the needs of our students and families. The crisis team will be available both tomorrow and Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. We will also schedule a community meeting in the very near future to provide parents and students the opportunity to ask questions of law enforcement and school officials about these latest developments.
This is an extremely disturbing event for our school community and in no way reflects the commitment we have to ensure that our students are in a safe environment at Herndon High School. If you have any additional information relevant to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact FCPD at 703-246-7800. This remains an ongoing police investigation and any additional information about this matter will be released by law enforcement.
Thank you for your understanding and support of our school."