MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (WTXF) - A former Lenape High School teacher admitted yesterday in Superior Court to recording upskirt videos and taking photos of female students last year in his classroom and the school's hallways.
Eric T. Howell, 44, of the first block of Dogwood Court in Maple Shade, pled guilty to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Second Degree).
Under an agreement with the Prosecutor's Office, Howell will receive five years in New Jersey state prison.
The investigation revealed that Howell concealed a camera in a coconut water box that was then placed in the side mesh portion of his briefcase. He would unscrew the cap, walk in close proximity to female students and carry his briefcase in a manner that allowed the camera to point up their skirts or loose-fitting shorts.
Howell's behavior was brought to the attention of the school administration on May 2 by an
individual who observed him passing behind a female student and extending his arm sideways in an attempt to position the camera under her skirt.
Howell, who was hired as a chemistry teacher in 2016, was suspended that same day and has
since been terminated. School officials contacted police after receiving the information and were
fully cooperative with law enforcement.
The investigation revealed that Howell did not share or upload the videos and recordings.