A volunteer fire captain in Lyndhurst NJ will likely avoid prison time despite pleading guilty to videotaping teenage girls in his bathroom.
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect used an iPod to record teen girls who used the bathroom at his residence, which is located on Livingston Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ. At the time of the alleged sex offenses, the victims were attending a pool party.
A few of the teen victims discovered the suspect’s iPod in a bathroom closet. They then used their own cell phones to record the illicit footage and later handed it over to Lyndhurst police.
The Lyndhurst Police Department investigated the allegation and eventually arrested the suspect. He was subsequently charged with multiple sex crimes.
The 45-year-old suspect, who was also a youth football coach in Lyndhurst, NJ, ultimately reached a plea deal with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The plea agreement calls for the suspect to plead guilty to fourth degree invasion of privacy. As a result of the plea agreement, the suspect will receive probation, not prison time.
If the suspect had contested the charges and gone to trial in Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack NJ, he would have faced a potential term of incarceration of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
The suspect’s probation requirements will require him to undergo sex offender counseling. However, he will avoid being required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Ex-Firefighter Accused of Videotaping Girls in Bathroom Offered Plea Deal.”