Man Videotaped NJ Students in Showers: Officials

A community activist recorded teenage boys in a Catholic high school shower, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say a community activist secretly videotaped teenage boys as they showered at a Catholic high school in central New Jersey.

Patrick J. Lott, 54, of Somerville faces numerous charges, including child endangerment and invasion of privacy. Somerset County authorities say the videos were recorded in a communal shower area at Immaculata High School in Somerville for nearly three years, starting in January 2008.

Through December 13 and December 16, investigators executed search warrants at Lott's home. During the searches, investigators say they seized and reviewed multiple computer files and digital recordings of nude teenagers showering in the school's communal shower area. Police say nine of the teens identified in the videos are currently under the age of 16.

Lott said little during a court hearing Wednesday and did not enter a plea. He remains jailed on $500,000 bail, and his attorney, James Wronko, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Lott is an assistant middle school principal who also volunteered at Immaculata. He also was active in local and county politics, serving for a time as chairman of the Somerville Republican Committee.


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