June 7, 2010
A former teacher at a Fauquier County middle school has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for producing child pornography by filming himself engaging in sexual activity with a student.
Thirty-four-year-old Scott C. Howe, who taught at Cedar Lee Middle School, was convicted at a bench trial earlier this year. Howe used a video camera on multiple occasions to document sexual activity between himself and a teenage student who had been assigned to him for special instruction.
Howe plied the victim with alcohol and filmed some of the sex acts at the school. Howe's defense lawyer called the crime an aberration and said "something snapped."
The term of 17.5 years was less than what prosecutors sought but more than the mandatory minimum of 15 years.