Authorities have announced that Patrick J. Lott, a teacher at the Catholic Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, has been charged with using a secretly installed camera to videotape teenage boys in the shower for nearly three years, writes the Associated Press.
Patrick J. Lott, 54, is an assistant principal at the school. As a longtime area educator and active participant of local and county politics, he served as chairman of the Somerville Republican Committee.
Lott was arraigned Wednesday and has yet not entered a plea.
Immaculata officials alerted prosecutors after received allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lott. Investigators then found evidence of at least male 22 victims. Of the victims, nine boys identified in the videos are currently under the age of 16.
The evidence was found as police investigated Lott’s home in December. Somerset County prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said that detectives later located an area at the school where a camera had been installed surreptitiously.
Lott was charged with 22 counts of invasion of privacy, one for each victim, and more than two dozen counts of various degrees of endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutor’s office spokesman Jack Bennett said.
Bail for Lott was set at $500,000. Under his bail conditions, Lott cannot have any contact with children under 16, or any of the boys in the videos or any member of the staff or faculty at Immaculata, officials said.