A 41-year-old teacher from Florida was arrested by the police for setting up a camera in his bathroom after inviting students over for a pool party in 2011.
Thomas John Kovack, the teacher from Florida, is the same teacher that is facing charges for a separate incident in 2018 where he secretly recorded a student while she was changing for yearbook photos.
Thomas told detectives that he filmed several of his students at the time in his bathroom during a pool party in June 2011.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Kovack invited a number of his journalism students to his Palm Harbor residents for a pool party. He did this when he was working as a teacher at the J.W. Mitchell High School.
The Sheriff’s Office released a statement about the arrest of Kovack, where they said:
Kovack provided the students with alcohol and offered for them to spend the night. While no students stayed the night, several were captured on the hidden camera without their knowledge or consent.
Kovack was arrested by the neighboring Pasco County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, where he told detectives that he stored the videos on a hard drive.
In 2018, a student said that she was changing for yearbook photos in a closet of a classroom when she was an iPhone filming her.
The student told investigating officers that she saw Kovack setting up the smartphone after watching the video from the beginning.
Kovack, who was then teacher at the Fivay High School, told authorities that he knew the student would be undressing and that he did set up the smartphone so he could record it.
He also said that he regretted his actions and deleted the video from his phone.
Court records show that the case of Kovack in 2018 is still pending.
Kovack was in custody at the Pinellas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to inmate records.
He had an initial appearance in court for the 10 chargest stemming from the 2011 poor party.
He is also scheduled for a bond hearing on May 19, 2020, at 10 am.