A Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School teacher was arrested for using his cellphone to take pictures of female students without their consent in his classroom, according to a letter the school’s principal sent out to parents Wednesday.

The Montgomery County Police Department arrested and charged Todd Scriber, a 38-year-old science teacher, of Gaithersburg on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

The three female victims were all Scriber’s students. The students were fully clothed in the photographs, although some of the pictures “emphasized various areas of the female anatomy,” according to the police department.

Principal Donna Redmond Jones said Montgomery County Public Schools learned of the allegations in October and immediately put Scriber on leave. He is no longer an employee of Montgomery County Public Schools.

“I know that our community finds the allegations in the charging document as disturbing as I do,” Jones wrote. “The charges represent a serious breach of trust, responsibility, integrity and the law.”

Todd Scriber (Montgomery County Police)

The school learned of the allegations after a 14-year-old female reported to police that while she was completing an exam in his classroom after school, she approached his desk to ask a question and noticed that he appeared to be holding his cellphone and taking photographs underneath her skirt.

According to police, the student jumped back to create distance between the two of them, finished her exam and told her parents what had occurred.

The student’s report launched an investigation.

The day after the student reported the incident, a detective spoke to Scriber, who agreed to allow the detective to search his phone. The detective found pictures of underage girls seemingly in Scriber’s classroom. The photos were of specific areas of the teenagers’ bodies.

When Scriber realized the detective was viewing the photos, he tried to grab the phone. The detective then seized the phone and obtained a search warrant to sift through the device for evidence.

The female victims were two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old.

Any student who may have pertinent information to the investigation is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department.