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Gloucester Catholic HS custodian accused of camera spying in locker rooms

handcuff121409_optBY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Gloucester Catholic High School custodian, who resigned last week after police first spoke with him, was charged Nov. 28 with invasion of privacy stemming from hidden cameras he either hid himself or directed others to hide around the school.

John L. Martin, of Wenonah, is accused of setting up eight small cameras to secretly film students and teachers, according to the Associated Press. Cameras were found in student locker rooms.

Police say Martin, 41, had video footage from the cameras on his school-issued cell phone including some images of nudity.

It is not known who tipped police off to Martin’s activities, the Associated Press reported via Fox News. But police said it is known Martin shared the images with at least two other people. Police said there is no evidence Martin sold any of the images or posted them online.

Investigators and the school staff are examining the video footage to determine what students and teachers were unknowingly being filmed, police said. Most of the images were of women and girls. Once an individual has been identified, they are being contacted, Fox News Philadelphia said.

"It is our conviction and our commitment that the security and well-being of our students — your sons and daughters — is our first and most important obligation," Principal John Colman, wrote in a letter to parents posted on the school's website. “However, we would not want to do anything that would compromise the Prosecutor’s investigation, or undermine whatever legal proceedings are appropriate; thus your patience will prove most helpful.”

On Nov. 28, the day Martin was arrested and charged in the incident, the school posted a second letter on its website, saying, “Gloucester Catholic High School is committed to the safety and security of our students. We are gratified to have been able to work with law enforcement to eliminate the misuse of school security cameras. We will continue to work to assure the well-being of our students.”

The Associated Press reports that Martin worked at the school for 18 years and was in charge of the school’s video surveillance equipment and system, according to the Camden County prosecutor's office.

 

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