Mitchell Morreale, a volunteer captain with the Lyndhurst Fire Department in New Jersey, has been accused of videotaping teenagers using a bathroom in his home during a pool party on June 12.
Morreale, 45, has been a member of the department for the last seven years. He is also a football coach, The Record reported.
Four teenage girls went to police after they attended a party with Morreale’s 19-year-old son at the family’s home. One of the teenagers saw a light in a bathroom closet and realized it was a recording device, Capt. John Valente said. She alerted other female partygoers and they realized it had been recording them for half an hour.
The girls used a cellphone to record part of the footage and they later turned it over to police on June 15, after deleting it from the device. Morreale was charged with invasion of privacy the next day. Investigators confiscated the device and some of his computer equipment and discovered he recorded himself setting up the equipment.
Morreale has been suspended from the fire department, NBC New York reported.
Valente said he didn’t know why the teens waited a few days to report the incident. “I’m sure at the time they did what they thought was the best thing to do,” he said. “But it was good that they came forward.”
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