Police: Long Branch High School Student Videotaped Girl Getting Undressed in Locker Room
Student charged with invasion of privacy
A Long Branch High School student has been charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly videotaping a female student who was getting undressed in the school's locker room.
Tyler Gabriel, 18, of Washington St. was charged on Monday, Jan. 28, and was released on a summons, according to Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck.
Roebuck said the Long Branch Police Department was contacted by the Long Branch High School "in regards to an apparent invasion of privacy that occurred in the past on the school grounds."
Roebuck said four students were brought to the Long Branch Police Department, but the investigation revealed that only Gabriel was responsible for videotaping the girl.
"This was done by leaving a cell phone in a gym bag in the room," Roebuck said. "The female student was videotaped while undressing, but was not fully nude at any time."
The other three students were released and returned home.
Roebuck said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that police are working "hand in hand" with the Long Branch Board of Education. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office was also notified of the incident.
Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore issued the following statement on Tuesday evening:
“On Monday morning, Jan. 28, school officials became aware of alleged criminal conduct that may have taken place in the Long Branch High School. School administration immediately turned the matter over to the Long Branch Police Department. The Board of Education and the district officials have been, and will continue to cooperate with the Long Branch Police Department in respect to the investigation. As this matter involves the privacy rights of students, the Long Branch Board of Education and District Administration cannot comment any further at this time."