Loudoun Teaching Instructor Sent to Prison for Upskirting Students

A former Loudoun County Public teaching coach will spend two years in prison after being convicted of unlawful filming of female students at Woodgrove High School.

            Samuel Christian Hermens, 31, was sentenced Wednesday in Loudoun County Circuit Court. 

            On Oct. 26, 2018, Hermens was see by another staff member at Woodgrove filming female students in the hallways. Video surveillance showed Hermens closely following behind the students, activating his camera, and positioning his camera under their skirts in an attempt to film their undergarments. During an interview with a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detective, Hermens admitted to filming the female students at Woodgrove and at two other Loudoun County high schools.

            In April, he pleaded guilty to three felony charges of unlawful filming, videotaping, or photographing another (victim less than 18 years old). 

            Hermens began working for the school district as a substitute teacher in 2009. He joined the staff fulltime in 2012 and was working as a specialized instructional facilitator.

            Four of the juvenile victims testified during the sentencing hearing.  

             “This man is a predator and he was going to do this until he got caught,” Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittmann Wittmann said. “When we send our children to school, we expect they will be safe, nurtured, and protected by teachers and administrators.” 

            In addition to the two years of penitentiary time, Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. also imposed an additional four years of suspended time.  Upon his release, Hermens will be placed on 15 years of supervised probation. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

            Fleming noted in his sentence that justice would be to roll back time before the girls were filmed, and that he wished he could do that, but he could not.  

            “Mr. Hermens betrayed the trust of the entire community,” said Fleming.

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