NJ Educator Accused of Taping Boys in Catholic School Shower

The suspect is a well-known educator and aspiring politician.

By Brian Thompson
|  Thursday, Dec 29, 2011  |  Updated 6:25 AM EDT
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Patrick Lott, inset, is accused of videotaping boys in the shower at a New Jersey Catholic school.

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A well-known New Jersey school educator and aspiring politician has been accused of secretly videotaping teenagers showering at a local Catholic school where he volunteered, prosecutors said.

Patrick Lott, 54, was arrested last Friday after investigators executed a search warrant at his Somerville home and discovered multiple videos of nude boys showering at Immaculata High School, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Detectives said they later discovered the hidden camera in the communal shower area at the school that they believe Lott used to videotape the boys. Nine of the victims shown on the videos are under the age of 16, authorities said. 

Prosecutors notified a total of 22 victims on Tuesday night.

Lott, a former assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School, has been affiliated as a volunteer at the Catholic high school for an unknown amount of time. The school had no comment.

He is being held on $500,000 bail and is not allowed to have contact  with any child under the age of 16.

It wasn't immediately clear if Lott had an attorney.

Lott recently ran unsuccessfully for Somerville Borough Council on the Republican ticket.

Prosecutors ask anyone with information linked to the allegations to contact either the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at (908) 575-3300, Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-888-577-8477 or visit www.somersetcountycrimestoppers.org.

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