Ex-Palisades teacher pleads guilty to taking 'upskirt' photos of students, exposing himself in classroom

An ex-Palisades High School math teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent exposure and invasion of privacy after he was caught last year secretly taking photographs looking up the skirts of female students and sharing the photos online.

Francis James Reppert Jr., 27, of Quakertown, appeared before Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh and pleaded guilty to indecent exposure, a misdemeanor of the first-degree, and two counts of invasion of privacy, misdemeanors of the second degree.

Sentencing was deferred for 90 days while Reppert undergoes a sex offender evaluation. As part of his plea, Reppert he will be required to register through Megan’s Law for at least 15 years.

Reppert was charged this January following an investigation that began in October 2019 after a student captured a video of Reppert viewing, and zooming in on, a photo of what appeared to be a student’s legs.

The troopers confronted Reppert and he admitted he took photos of the victim and intended to masturbate to them, Deputy District Attorney Matthew S. Lannetti said in court Tuesday.

State police found additional images on Reppert’s personal iPhone and a school-issued iPad.

The photos, taken from underneath Reppert’s desk depicted three female students. Investigators also recovered photos of Reppert exposing his penis inside Palisades High School.

Reppert was fired by the Palisades School District late last year. Besides teaching math, Reppert also coached boys’ and girls’ tennis and had been employed by the school district since August 2016.

The case was investigated by Pennsylvania State Police and is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matthew S. Lannetti.

Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, mgamiz@buckscounty.org