Police: Photographer took inappropriate photos of girls at Sussex Tech dance

SUSSEX COUNTY — A 34-year-old former Dover resident was charged with 80 counts of violation of privacy after alleged inappropriate photography at a Sussex Technical High homecoming dance.

According to Delaware State Police Wednesday, Elias R. Stephens had been hired by the school to take photos and allegedly found to be secretly videotaping, photographing, or filming under females’ clothing for the purpose of viewing their body or undergarments while he was working for an entertainment company and operating a photo booth.

Spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said detectives identified muliple alleged victims throughout Delaware. Mr. Stephens was indicted on Jan. 15.

Mr. Stephens had relocated to Mississippi and was was taken into custody by the Long Beach Police Department on Jan. 17.

Following arraignment Mr. Stephens was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $160,000 secured bond. Conditions imposed included no contact with any of the alleged victims, GPS monitoring and pre-trial supervision if bond is posted, and Mr. Stephens may not possess any device capable of taking pictures or videos.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Troop 4, Detective R. Mears at 752-3809. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Police said that due to the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the alleged victims, only limited information will be released.

The Sussex Technical School District released the following statement after the DSP announced the indictment:

“The District is pleased to have assisted and cooperated with the Delaware State Police during the thorough and diligent investigation.

“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and our school safety officers are present at all school functions for the protection of students and staff.

“When concerns were brought to the attention of administrators, we acted immediately and informed law enforcement authorities on hand. Counseling services are and have been available to any member of the Sussex Tech community.”

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