Report Pending for Ex-Bernardsville Asst. Principal's Computer
Patrick Lott, accused of videotaping nude boys in the showers at Immaculata High School, due back in Superior Court on Nov. 9.
The next court appearance for Patrick Lott, arrested last December on charges he filmed male students showering at Immaculata High School, is set for Nov. 9, awaiting a report from a state forensic lab on the contents of his computer hard drive.
"We waiting for the final forensic report from the state," Lott's attorney, James Wronko, said last week after his client appeared for an update before state Superior Court Judge Julie M. Marino in Somerville.
"We are in a holding pattern until we get that" report, Wronko added.
Lott appeared in the courtroom for the brief update, but said nothing.
Wronko had suggested that the next court date be set for six weeks from last Friday. However, Marino said she was setting the later return date to allow time for unanticipated delays.
At the next hearing, the judge said the attorneys can discuss where they plan to head with the case against Lott, who remains in jail. Further dates can be scheduled at that time, she said.
Lott, a former Bernardsville Middle School assistant principal, is accused of videotaping the nude students while a volunteer coach at Immaculata in Somerville. The 55-year-old Lott was indicted at the end of June on 91 counts stemming from charges that he used hidden cameras to secretly record the students in the shower at the private Catholic school.
Educators at the Somerset Hills Regional School District have repeatedly said that there are no allegations against Lott that he even attempted any secret filming of students while he was employed at district's schools in Bernardsville. The Somerset County Prosecutor's office searched the Somerset Hills schools shortly after Lott's arrest around Christmas 2011, and found nothing, Somerset Hills Superintendent Peter Miller said at that time.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced late in June that Lott had been indicted on 29 counts of third-degree invasion of privacy, 30 counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, 17 counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and 15 counts of fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Last summer, Wronko said he would question the basis for some of the charges.
Wronko last summer that he believed the investigation was concluded. In a follow up email after Lott's indictment, Miller said in an email that nothing has changed since that earlier search of Somerset Hills school buildings. "We have not been informed of any connection to students in our district," Miller said.
In December 2011, detectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit had executed a search warrant of Lott's Somerville residence, and supposedly seized multiple computer and digital recordings that contained several videos in which 29 students and former students were identified, the prosecutor's office said. Fifteen were determined to be under the age of 16 at the time the videos were made, according to the prosecutor's office.
Detectives allegedly found the camera where it had been installed to video the shower area, the prosecutor's office said at the time.