N.J. school custodian accused of hiding spy cameras

A southern New Jersey high school custodian was arrested Nov. 28 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, reports the Associated Press.

Authorities said John Martin, of Wenonah, had hours of video footage from the cameras and kept a large cache of video screenshots on his cell phone. 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 Nov. 28 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.

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…

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