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‘Douche du Jour’: Patrick Lott, Former N.J. Republican City Chair, Arrested for Hidden Camera Videos of Showering Schoolboys

A former Republican city chair in New Jersey has been arrested for videotaping showering schoolboys with a hidden camera.

According to, 54-year-old Patrick Lott, assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School, has been arrested and charged with more than 50 counts including  endangering the welfare of a child and invasion of privacy. Lott allegedly shot videos of showering schoolboys at Immaculata High School in Somerville, where he volunteered as a wrestling coach.

When investigators raided Lott’s home two weeks ago, they found videos of the naked boys on his computer. Nine out of Lott’s 15 alleged victims were under the age of 16.

In a 2002 interview with the Courier News, Lott said that he “enjoyed the interaction with the kids” he coached. “You become attached to the kids you coach,” he said.

In addition to his education career, Lott has also been involved in local politics. As recently as 2010 he was the Somerville Republican Committee Chair. The Raw Story reports that he also ran as a Republican for a Somerset County Freeholder seat two decades ago and for Somerville Council two years ago.

Lott is being held on $500,000 bond.

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