A former Bangor special education teacher has been charged with secretly shooting videos up women’s skirts.
On Friday, Bangor police charged Benjamin Emmott with seven counts of illegally violating privacy for allegedly using a handheld camera to make lewd videos of at least seven women without their knowledge, according to Sgt. Wade Betters.
Emmott, 30, of Winterport resigned from his teaching job in the Bangor Regional Program on February 23, according to Superintendent Betsy Webb. The move came after detectives told school officials that Emmott was secretly filming women in Bangor for years, police said.
Webb said that police and school officials have found nothing to suggest that Emmott illegally filmed students. Emmott passed a background check before he was hired, she added. According to Emmott’s LinkedIn page, he became a middle school special education teacher in August 2015 and had previously worked at Husson University and a Bangor deli.
Emmott did not respond to an attempt to reach him for comment on Monday.
Betters declined say exactly how and where Emmott allegedly filmed women.
While it is not illegal to photograph or video people in public, it is a crime in Maine to capture an image of a portion of anyone’s body that is “concealed from public view under clothing and a reasonable person would expect it to be safe from surveillance,” according to the statute under which Emmott is charged.
Police started investigating Emmott after receiving a tip on Feb. 16, Betters said. They notified the school department soon afterward, according to Webb.
“Often, in these situations, people resign before having to go through the process of being dismissed,” she said.
Emmott was not taken to jail when he was charged on Friday but was ordered to appear in court next month, Betters said. If convicted, Emmott faces up to 365 days in jail.
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Correction: A previous version of this story listed an incorrect age for Benjamin Emmott.