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Police: NJ asst. principal videotaped boys in shower at Catholic school

This photo provided by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office shows Patrick J. Lott, of Somerville, N.J. Prosecutors say Lott, 54, an assistant principal at a public middle school, secretly videotaped teenage boys in the shower at Immaculata High School in Somerville for nearly three years. Lott faces numerous charges, including child endangerment and invasion of privacy. AP Photo/Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

Patrick J. Lott
AP Photo/Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

(CBS/AP) SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Authorities say the assistant principal of a middle school in New Jersey secretly installed a camera to videotape teenage boys in the shower at a Catholic high school for nearly three years.

Patrick J. Lott, who was arrested last week, was was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he videotaped students in a communal shower area at Immaculata High School in Somerville beginning in 2008. He did not enter a plea.

Prosecutors said there were at least 22 victims and that nine boys identified in the videos are currently under the age of 16.

Lott, 54, is an assistant principal at a public middle school who volunteered at the Catholic high school. Authorities declined to provide further details about his volunteer position.

Immaculata officials alerted prosecutors when they received allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lott and later removed him from any involvement at the school, diocesan officials said.

Videos of boys showering together were recovered as a result of searches of Lott's home on Dec. 13 and 16, Somerset County prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said. Detectives later located an area at the school where a camera had been installed surreptitiously, his office said.

Bail for Lott was set at $500,000, with the condition he have no contact with any child under the age of 16, any of the boys in the videos or any member of the staff or faculty at Immaculata.

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.

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