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Judge Denies Appeal of Alleged High School Peeping Tom

Daniel J. Rivera, 39, is charged with fourth-degree observing without consent another’s intimate parts. He has been denied participation in a pre-trial intervention program.

Judge Denies Appeal of Alleged High School Peeping Tom
A Superior Court judge denied the appeal of Voorhees man charged with peeking into a dance recital dressing room while working as a custodian at Washington Township High School. The man was appealing his rejection from a pre-trial intervention program, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

Daniel J. Rivera, 39, is charged with fourth-degree observing without consent another’s intimate parts.

He was terminated by the township school district in June 2013 because of a violation involving security cameras in a cafeteria used as a dressing room for a dance recital.

A subsequent investigation resulted in the criminal charge, alleging he had been observing girls in the room by standing on a trash barrel and peering over a dividing door.

He allegedly peeked into the dressing room during a recital on Feb. 23, 2013. He was charged on June 18, 2013.

The pre-trial intervention program is a diversionary program that allows defendants charged with crimes to avoid prosecution and instead meet conditions such as counseling, community service or restitution to victims, after which the charges are dismissed.

Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr, said he found no abuse of discretion on the part of the program’s overseers.  Defendants face “an enormous burden” in attempting to overturn a rejection from PTI, Judge Marshall said.

Rivera’s lawyer, Robert Agre, told Judge Marshall that he believed the case would be resolved before a trial.  A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 27.

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