Samuel Hermens

Samuel Hermens

A former Loudoun County Public Schools employee was sentenced this week to two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for three felony convictions of unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing, according to the commonwealth's attorney's office.

Samuel Hermens, 31, an itinerant LCPS employee, was observed filming female students in the hallways of Woodgrove High School on Oct. 26, 2018. He would follow behind the students closely and position his camera under their skirts in an attempt to film their undergarments, as confirmed by video surveillance from the school.

Hermens later admitted to filming the students during an interview with a Loudoun County detective, and he revealed that he had engaged in similar activity at two other Loudoun County high schools.

Hermens pleaded guilty to the charges on April 22. He appeared before Judge Douglas L. Fleming, Jr. in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on Wednesday.

Four of the juvenile victims testified at the hearing.

“I never thought this would happen to me. Why would someone ever think of doing this?” one of the girls said.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittman urged the court to impose a sentence that would send the community a message.

“This man is a predator and he was going to do this until he got caught,” Wittman said in a prepared statement. “When we send our children to school, we expect they will be safe, nurtured and protected by teachers and administrators.”

In addition to two years of penitentiary time, Judge Fleming imposed an additional four years of suspended time. Upon release, Hermens will be placed on 15 years of unsupervised probation. Hermens will also be required to register as a sex offender, in accordance with Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act.


Related coverage:

-"Loudoun County Public Schools reading instructor may have filmed as many as 20 students; Judge Sincavage denies bond"

(4) comments

More Cowbell

2 years is not enough, should be serving at least 5 years, fine of $250K and 1000 hours of community service once he's done the time. Hold these criminals accountable.


Once he’s locked up, maybe they can lose the key. Not only is he a skeevy dude for the filming but he abused a position of trust and authority. That ought to carry a heavier sentence.


Another pervert....and yet another LCPS employee.....they have quite the track record recruiting the best and brightest to teach and be around our kids....


The only good thing is that he won't be able to get another teaching job being on the sex offender list, I hope.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.