The teacher’s aide who was caught masturbating during an 8th-grade Zoom class won’t be charged because it is not a crime in the state of Maryland.
Marc Shack has been working at Shady Grove Middle School for twenty years as a teacher’s assistant or aide for students in the Maryland school’s special education program.
And just recently he was caught masturbating during an eighth-grade history class broadcasted via Zoom. This made him put on administrative leave after footage was shared online of him engaging in the private act at the end of a history class Monday.
But what is shocking is, even though he was recorded doing this horrible act he won’t be jailed since this is not a crime in the state of Maryland.
Here’s what Shack said according to the Daily Mail report:
‘I thought I was logged out when class was over. I had no clue that Zoom was still on. Why would I do that? That’s my job. I had no clue that Zoom was on. I mean, that’s just crazy behavior.’
He said: ‘I’m only human. It was my bad.
‘I’m not a pervert or anything like that, you know. You gotta believe me on that… I thought I was in the privacy of my own home. I had no clue.’
The video, which was only thirteen seconds long, captured the moment Schack stood up in front of the camera, took a few steps back, and then began to masturbate in front of the class. He became the host of the Zoom meeting while he was performing the sex act but soon relinquished the role when someone else took over as host.
“It was just a mistake on my part,” Schack said. He claimed to have exited the virtual classroom prior to the sex act but accidentally remained on video. “I’m only human. It was my bad.”
Schack told Bethesda Magazine that the school system called him on Monday after he had been placed on administrative leave. They told him that they had “misplaced his background check file.” This struck fear in his heart.
“Maybe they were looking to see if I had any criminal misbehavior or anything like that,” he said.
However, Schack did not learn that he had masturbated in front of the class until the school told him about the video two days later on Wednesday. The news probably broke his heart because, if he is telling the truth, it was all a big mistake.
“I’m not a pervert or anything like that, you know,” Schack said. He asserted that he never meant to expose his students to the sex act or hurt them in any way.
“You gotta believe me on that …,” he said. “I thought I was in the privacy of my own home. I had no clue.”
Shady Grove Principal Alana Murray wrote a press release confirming that an employee “seen on screen in a breakout room engaged in inappropriate behavior” during the eighth-grade history class.
MCPS spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala told Bethesda Beat confirmed that the “behavior was sexual in nature.”
Montgomery County police are ‘aware of a video by MCPS and we’re investigating,’ a spokesman said Wednesday. No charges have been filed.
The footage shows Schack, who has worked for the Montgomery County Public Schools for 21 years, looking at his screen.