A former custodian at Gloucester Catholic High School admitted to using hidden cameras to videotape students and teachers in various states of undress and pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday and faces a lifetime on parole, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk announced.
John Martin, 42, of Wenonah, admitted to running a network of pinhole cameras through at least eight rooms in the Gloucester City private high school, including in classrooms, the school’s weight room and backstage area, and using them to capture hours of video and a large cache of still photos, including photos found on Martin’s cell phone, Faulk said.
Students used at least some of the areas where cameras were hidden as changing rooms, Faulk said, and some of the images show nudity. At least one of the students was under 16 years old, Faulk said.
Martin had been chief custodian of the school at the time, and installed the cameras—linking them to the school’s existing security system—without Gloucester Catholic administrators’ knowledge, Faulk said.
Martin resigned his position when the prosecutor’s office began looking into reports of the cameras in November 2012.
In pleading guilty to third-degree invasion of privacy and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child charges, Martin faces parole for the rest of his life, and will be added to the state’s Megan’s Law registry as a sex offender, Faulk said.
Martin’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13 before Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon.