(AP) – A southern New Jersey high school custodian was arrested Wednesday and accused of using eight small cameras he had hidden around the school to secretly film students and teachers, including in places where students change clothes.
Authorities said John Martin, of Wenonah, had hours of video footage from the cameras and kept a large cache of video screenshots on his cellphone. They said some of the images showed nudity.
Martin, 41, resigned last week as chief custodian at Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, near Philadelphia, after he was first interviewed by authorities.
The Camden County prosecutor’s office said he’d worked there for 18 years and was in charge of the school’s video surveillance system.
Martin was charged with invasion of privacy. He turned himself in on Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance on the condition that he not go near the school or any of its students or staff members.
A woman who answered the phone at his home on Wednesday hung up on a reporter.
Police said investigators and school staff are reviewing who’s in the videos and are contacting everyone who appeared in them. Most of the images were of girls or women.
The eight pinhole-size cameras were placed in classrooms, in a choir room, backstage in the school auditorium, in maintenance facilities and in an area used by the football team. Some were hidden in ventilation ducts and smoke detectors, and they linked to the school’s video security system.
The prosecutor’s office has not said who hid them, but it said it was at Martin’s direction.
Authorities said they are still probing who else saw the footage. They say Martin showed images to at least two other people but there’s no evidence he posted them online or sold them.
Principal John Colman, in a letter to parents that was posted on the school’s website, said the school was cooperating with authorities.
“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,” he wrote.
He said he would keep parents apprised of developments in the case, but he asked that they be patient because some details could be withheld to avoid compromising the investigation.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier
- Three elements of a strong timeshare exit guarantee
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.