A Colorado teacher has taken a plea deal after he was caught with photos of ten women and three underage students on his cellphone.

Steven Jenkins was a teacher at Renaissance Secondary School in December 2017 when police found the images on his phone, according to the Littleton Independent.

Jenkins was a well-liked teacher at the school — until some students noticed him taking unusual photos.

The 56-year-old was seen taking “upskirt” shots, which are photos taken from a low angle to see under shorts or skirts.

According to Fox31, three male students saw Jenkins in the act and reported what they witnessed to the principal, who contacted police.

Authorities told Jenkins they needed to search his phone and looked through it in his vicinity, Littleton Independent reported.

When a police officer started to see photos taken at odd angles, the teacher “suddenly reached for the phone and attempted to take it away.”

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He initially said it was so the officer wouldn’t see videos of his wife. Then when the officer found photos and videos of other women in girls, Jenkins said they were “accidental.”

In total, roughly 20 photos of women and girls were found on Jenkins’ phone. He later admitted the images were taken for sexual reasons but denied photographing students.

However, images of three students were found on his phone. One girl was below the age of 15.

This week, Jenkins pleaded guilty to one count of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification in relation to the youngest student. The other charges were dropped in exchange.

District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement:

“We send our children to school to be educated, not to be exploited. 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. I remain committed to holding accountable those who treat the vulnerable among us as sources of sexual gratification.”

According to Common Sense Media, there are mobile phone apps that can be used to help take “upskirt” photos.

These “secret camera apps” disguise the camera display on the phone screen as something else, like a web page, and move photos taken into a hidden folder.

Others work by “activating the camera to record via motion sensor,” the organization states.

The best way to stay safe from “upskirting” is to be aware of your surroundings or wear shorts under your skirts and dresses.

Jenkins will have register as a sex offender. He will receive his sentence on July 10.

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