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  1. George M says

    Do you think it’s a little weird to want to see the tapes? He was arrested, he’ll get his day in court and a jury of his peers will decide. Unless your on that jury you have no right to see it. Your going to have to base your judgement on the information given or don’t make one.

  2. EdA says

    It’s worth noting that this guy holds an official post in the Republican party. (Not that Democrats or independents or Libertarians can’t do regrettable acts also, but there is, AGAIN, more than a little hypocrisy when, assuming the allegations are true, the perpetrator is an advocate of the party of “traditional American values,” which include hate and bigotry.

  3. james says

    (Snark alert). No, no, no. We’re misunderstanding his motives. He was making the tapes just in case some of the boys were engaging in, you know, unnatural acts in violation of school rules and Catholic church teaching. So he could report it to the schools officials and the priests. So they could take corrective action before, you know, they choose to be gay. Yeah, yeah, that’s why he did it. Sure. That’s what he told himself.

  4. bsmart2 says

    It disturbs me that there are request to see the video here. This is a violation of the students privacy and most likely the young men are younger than 18. I don’t think it is appropriate even in jest to ask to see the video.

  5. Robert in NYC says

    I can just hear the anti-gay loonies coming out of the woodwork and the pedophilia slurs slamming all of us. They always seem to play down or ignore the fact that many of these perpetrators are married, means nothing to them just as long as they can get their anti-gay mantras aired.

  6. anon says

    Just to be clear, the tapes were made at the Catholic high school (Immaculata — Latin for virgin/clean!) not Bernardsville High, where he had only just started working. Oh, and get this, he had a policy of Requiring the players to shower after practice, and had for many years. As for being a Republican, the entire area is Republican, so it’s essentially meaningless. Now, the fact the local diocese cooperated so quickly with police in this matter has both to do with the fact that he was not a priest and also because there were two prior pedophile incidents at the school, though nothing this scandalous. (A female coach was caught having an affair with a senior–she went to jail and something happened decades ago that isn’t much talked about.)

  7. Mark says

    I don’t believe any of the above comments about wanting to see the videos were 100% serious or meant to be hurtful.

    But c’mon, we’ve all been 14 or 15 and had showers at school – and probably still have a load of those memories in our “wank bank” – it explains the amount of porn featuring jocks and sports kit and locker rooms.

  8. Monsignor Sandusky says

    The tapes were for insurance purposes in case there was an accident and/or injury in the shower where a shower-user slipped and fell. This standard procedure at ALL Catholic high schools, and has been for years. You can ask any preist.

  9. Cookie says

    Can we just note, and disapprove, the judge giving him a half-million-dollar bail? This is outrageous, and just more evidence of the hysteria that surrounds all sexuality in this country, even New Jersey, where bails that heavy are usually reserved for accused killers who are real risks for flight from prosecution. A bail this heavy, and a wait of a week for a bail hearing, is a denial of basic rights.

  10. Mark says

    Cookie, your point about excessive bail might be taken more seriously if you didn’t cloak it under the “we’re punishing someone for their sexuality” argument. This man videotaped minors in the shower, that hardly counts as private sexual contact between consenting adults.

  11. Acronym Jim says

    @BOBN: “It’s not pedophilia. If he had filmed the girls’ volley ball team, no one would use the word “pedophilia.”

    Really? An authority figure for minors surreptitiously records them in the locker room and you’re going with a pedantic reply to a commenter? Not everyone has read the DSM IV from cover to cover. Pedophilia has become a blanket term for the sexualization of minors. Do you realize your statement could be construed as implied defense of the alleged perpetrator?

    But since you require strict adherence to accurate language, what is your opinion on this? If this story is true, this man would be guilty of producing child pornography.

  12. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    I USED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER. ONE DAY I HAD A TWELFTH-GRADE STUDY HALL CLASS IN THE SCHOOL’S GYM. NOT THINKING ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF A GYM, I WALKED DOWN A HALLWAY AND ENTERED A LARGE ROOM. THE FIRST THING I SAW WAS A BIG OPEN AREA WITH SHOWER HEADS AROUND THE WALL. THE FIRST THING TO “POP” INTO MY MIND WAS, “When the football- and basketball players are showering, where are the coach’s eyes?” MY POINT IS, SCHOOL POLICY DICTATES CHILDREN MUST HAVE AN ADULT SUPERVISOR AT ALL TIMES. SCHOOLS DO NOT KNOW IF THEIR ATHLETIC COACHES ARE HOMOSEXUAL. IN ADDITION, MANY MEMPHIS SCHOOLS HAVE UNPARTITIONED URINALS IN BOYS’ RESTROOMS – SOME EVEN HAVE MISSING DOORS ON TOILET STALLS. THEREFORE, IT IS EASY FOR PEOPLE LIKE, Patrick Lott, TO DO “THEIR THANG.” ALTHOUGH Mr. Lott WAS CAUGHT, OTHER ADULT SUPERVISORS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY FREELY CONTINUE TO DO “THEIR THANG” WITHOUT DETECTION.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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