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Ex-teacher sentenced for taking video up students' skirts

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A former New Jersey high school teacher who used a camera hidden inside a drink container to take videos up the skirts of female students is now headed to state prison.

Eric Howell, 44, of Maple Shade, received a five-year sentence Wednesday.

He had pleaded guilty in March to child endangerment.

According to Burlington County prosecutors, Howell placed the container in his briefcase to capture video as he walked near girls at Lenape High School in Medford.

Howell was suspended last year when someone noticed an apparent attempt to position his briefcase beneath a student's skirt.

He was later fired.

Authorities say there's no evidence Howell shared any of the recordings.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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