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Court Date Delayed for Former Bernardsville Middle School Administrator

No new court date set for former assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School, offered 10-year plea deal in January.

A court date set for Friday morning has been adjourned for Patrick Lott, the former assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School who last month was offered a 10-year plea deal on charges related to his alleged videotaping of boys in the showers at Immaculata High School before his arrest in December 2011.

According to the office of James Wronko, attorney for Lott, the court appearance scheduled for Friday in Superior Court in Somerville has been adjourned, and no new date set as of Thursday.

Lott last appeared before state superior Court Judge Julie Marino on Jan. 25, when Laurie Head-Melillo, a prosecutor for Somerset County, publicly offered him a plea deal of 10 years of jail time.

At that time, Wronko said he would need time to discuss the deal with his client, and an initial return date of Feb. 15 was set.

Wronko said last month that at the next court appearance, he would either resolve the case, or prepare to proceed with a trial.

Lott already has been jailed since the end of 2011.

Lott, a 55-year-old Somerville resident, is accused of allegedly videotaping nude boys through hidden cameras in the shower at Immaculata High School.

Lott was a volunteer coach at Immaculata, a private Catholic school in Somerville, at the time of the alleged offenses. He also was employed at the time as assistant principal at the middle school for the Somerset Hills School district and also had been an administrator at

Somerset Hills Schools Superintendent Peter Miller said that subsequent investigation and also a search of school facilities in Bernardsville showed there was no indication that any related offenses had ever taken place in that school district.

"We have not been informed of any connection to students in our district," Miller said last year.

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced late last 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.


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