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Former NJ teacher admits hiding camera, recording boys in summer camp bathroom

Posted: 6:46 AM, Jul 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-17 06:46:31-04

Thomas Guzzi Jr. in 2016 (AG’s Office)

TRENTON, N.J. — A former Vineland elementary school teacher has admitted recording boys with a hidden camera at a summer camp and taking an explicit photo of a student.

Thomas Guzzi Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to official misconduct, manufacturing child pornography and distributing child pornography files.

The 39-year-old was a stage manager for the Broadway Theatre of Pitman camp and had taught at Winslow Elementary School. He admitted manufacturing child pornography with video of teenage boys taken in the camp’s restrooms and also taking a photo of a boy exposing his genitals.

Under terms of a plea agreement, Guzzi would face up to 17 years in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years when sentenced in September. He would have to register as a sex offender and be barred from public employment.