Guilty plea for school peeping tom
CAMDEN A former South Jersey Catholic school custodian who secretly recorded video of students and teachers last year pleaded guilty Thursday to invasion of privacy and child endangerment offenses, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.
John Martin, 42, chief custodian at Gloucester Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Gloucester City, admitted to installing hidden, pinhole-size cameras, roughly a quarter-of-an-inch in diameter, in eight rooms, including the choir and weight rooms and backstage area.
The cameras captured individuals in various stages of undress. Students, including at least one youth under the age of 16, used the areas. Martin's plea carries a term of lifetime parole supervision. His name will also be added to the state's sex offender registry.
Martin linked the cameras to the school video security system. He had hours of video footage and a large cache of pictures, which appeared to be cellphone screen shots taken from the video. He was arrested in November and resigned then. Sentencing will be Dec. 13.
- Darran Simon