A former staffer at a Castle Rock secondary school pleaded guilty Monday to secretly recording up-skirt videos of juvenile girls at the school.
Steven Michael Jenkins, 56, a former instructional coach, pleaded guilty to one count of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification where the victim was under 15 years old, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
On Dec. 3, 2017, Castle Rock police received reports from Renaissance Secondary School that students had seen a staff member taking inappropriate photos or videos up the skirts of unaware students, police said at the time.
Jenkins, police said, held his phone at low and odd angles to capture the illicit images. Police identified three student victims along with about 20 adult videos on his phone, according to his arrest affidavit.
Jenkins was fired after the allegations came to light, according to the news release.
“We send our children to school to be educated, not to be exploited,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement. “As a parent of public school-educated children, I am appalled at what appears to be a steady stream of those in positions of trust who victimize our kids.”
Jenkins will be sentenced July 10. He must also register as a sex offender.