Norton High School custodian Thomas Frederick Withers won't be allow on school grounds after facing charges of allegedly using his camera to take secret photos of young girls, some of which are described as obscene.
Withers is accused of taking photos of an 11-year-old girl at the annual summer festival along the Merrimack River in Lowell. The girls' father allegedly detained Withers until the Lowell police arrived and made the arrest.
He was arrested after the father of an 11-year-old girl that Withers was allegedly taking photo of her up her skirt detained him and prevent him from throwing his phone into the river until police arrived.
Police said 17 upskirt photos and 20 videos on his phone. There were also photos taken at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
In Lowell District Court Tuesday, Withers plead not guilty. Judge Daniel Crane said Withers can't have a cell phone on him or have any unsupervised contact with anyone under 16. He will released from jail today and will have a GPS monitoring bracelet and a curfew.
A Foxborough resident ,Withers has been with the Norton Schools for three decades, has been placed on leave. He plead not guilty to the charges.
Norton Superintendent of Schools Joe Baeta told myfoxboston.com that he hasn't ever received a complaint about Withers.
"This is an unfortunate
situation. We are still gathering information on our end, and the school
resource officer, police department and high school principal will meet
tomorrow to make sure we're following internal procedures for notifying
the public and keeping families in the loop," Baeta said in a statement to FOX-25.
Withers' attorney Raymond Weicker said Tuesday that his client will likely be fired from his job.