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Watchung Man Accused of Videoing People in Bathroom

Warren County prosecutor says he also violated terms of parole by possessing a rifle.

A Watchung man has been charged with three counts of invasion of privacy after he allegedly videotaped people in the bathroom of an amusement park, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.

Patrick Deck, 52, was also charged with possessing a .22-caliber rifle in violation of terms of previous sentencing issued by courts.

UPDATE: Deck was charged Friday with sexually assaulting child, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.

The invasion of privacy charges stem from allegations Deck had videotaped people in the bathrooms at the Land of Make Believe, in Hope, on Aug. 12. An investigation jointly conducted by the New Jersey State Police, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, with assistance from New Jersey State Police Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Park Police, Florham Park Police Department and the Watchung Borough Police Department, followed the charges.

Burke issued a statement on Thursday noting Deck had been taken into custody Wednesday on the rifle possession charge, technically violating "Certain Person Not to Have Weapons" laws, a second-degree offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He had been barred from possessing weapons by earlier court orders regarding two convictions of endangering the welfare of a child, Burke said.

He appeared before Superior Court Judge Ann R. Bartlett, sitting in Belvidere, in answer to the invasion of privacy charges on Tuesday. Deck posted a $50,000 bond and was released on those charges, which also included the condition the he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, Burke said.

If found guilty on the invasion of privacy charges, Burke said Deck could face up to five years in prison. 

Investigations into the incidents are continuing. Burke said anyone with information should contact the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-475-6639, or by email at crirnetip@wcpo—nj.us.

b August 17, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thats pure nasty
Jeanne August 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
This is disgusting. That a grown man would be so selfish as to scar a child for his own momentary pleasure is unforgivable. These people should be castrated.
Anthony Perrucci August 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
If allegations against Mr. Deck are substantiated he must face incarceration/therapy for as long as it takes if there is a road to recovery. However, if therapy after incarceration, allow Mr. Deck to do it on his dime. Taxpayers should not be held accountable for Mr. Deck's actions. His crime, his dime.
jersey devil August 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
how many of these perverts went to WHRHS ??all in their 50's too.
Anthony Perrucci August 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
It would presumptuous to assume that because Mr. Deck lives in Watchung he attended WHRHS or any other local school. I will agree with you that he is as you say a pervert. In any case the man is SICK. What is disturbing is that this incident took place at The Land of Make Believe which is a wonderful amusement park located in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunate, these things happen at fun and happy places where kids and their parents should feel safe. Our world is becoming sicker and sicker where using a restroom presents unintended consequences. A guess you need a buddy system to relieve yourself.

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